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BASIL O'CONNOR - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ELVIRA M. O'CONNOR - HFSID 76186

First Day Cover signed: "Basil O'Connor" and, on verso, "Elvira M. O'Connor", 6½x3¾. FDC in the National Defense series honoring Security, Education, Conservation and Health, 3-cent "For Defense" stamp affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C.

Price: $140.00

Condition: Lightly creased, otherwise fine condition Add to watchlist:
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BASIL O'CONNOR and ELVIRA M. O'CONNOR. First Day Cover signed: "Basil O'Connor" and, on verso, "Elvira M. O'Connor", 6½x3¾. FDC in the National Defense series honoring Security, Education, Conservation and Health, 3-cent "For Defense" stamp affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., October 16, 1940, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Typed address to O'Connor as National Chairman, American Red Cross, in Washington, D.C. Typed caption: "(World War 1939-45)" beneath stamp. With portion of magazine article, 2p, 8¾x11½, front and verso, mentioning the work of the Junior Red Cross during WWII. BASIL O'CONNOR served as National Chairman and President and CEO of the American Red Cross from 1944-1949. O'Connor, who had established a law practice in Boston, became a partner of Franklin D. Roosevelt in the law firm of Roosevelt & O'Connor in 1925. In 1932, when FDR was elected President, he asked O'Connor to join his administration, but O'Connor declined to continue to serve in his private practice and with the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. As head of the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, O'Connor raised millions of dollars through his "March of Dimes" and other fund-raising efforts. He was at the helm of the organization when Jonas Salk introduced the polio vaccine credited with conquering the disease. O'Connor, who was called "Doc" by FDR, was one of the executors of the President's will. Lightly creased and soiled. Minor tackhead-size stain on verso (no show through). Overall, fine condition. Two items.

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