EVAN MECHAM - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/08/1987 - HFSID 83728
Sale Price $126.00
Mecham signed this typed letter on Office of the Governor letterhead to an Ohio autograph hunter in 1987
Typed letter signed "Evan Mecham". 1 page, 7¼x10½, on Arizona Office of the Governor letterhead. Sept. 8, 1987. Addressed to Mr. Paul J. Friscat, 7455 Hual Hollow NW, Apt. C32, Massillon, Ohio, 44646. In full: "Dear Mr. Friscat: Thank you for your letter. It is always a pleasure to hear from out of state collectors The photograph you requested is enclosed [not included]. You have my best wishes for a most successful and informative collection. It is a pleasure and an honor to help you. If you need further information do not hesitate to write me. Yours truly, Evan Mecham Governor EM:kbs." Mecham (1924-2008, born in Duchesne County, Utah) was governor of Arizona from 1987 to 1988 and became the first United States governor to face removal through impeachment, a recall election and felony indictment. A decorated World War II fighter pilot, Mecham started a car dealership in 1950 in Ajo, Arizona and several short-lived newspapers. He was also a frequent, and often unsuccessful, candidate for public office. However, he was elected governor in 1986 after a surprise Republican nomination and a split in the Democratic party. His administration eliminated a $157 million budget deficit by reducing state spending. But a number of large conventions boycotted Arizona after Mecham cancelled Martin Luther King Day as a paid holiday. People accused him of racism for this and several other insensitive remarks. He also nominated questionable people for executive offices, including one man who was under investigation for murder and another who had been convicted of armed robbery. A recall campaign was stared in 1987 and, in 1988, Mecham and his brother were charged by a grand jury of perjury, fraud and failing to report a campaign contribution. Impeachment hearings began after the charges were handed down. He was impeached on obstruction of justice and misuse of public funds and removed from office on April 4, 1988. He remained active in politics after this and even wrote a book, Wrongful Impeachment. Lightly creased, otherwise in fine condition.
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