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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/05/1963 - HFSID 320009

The Senate Minority Leader declines an Independence Day event, but suggests Representative John Anderson as a "top flight" alternative. Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as Minority Leader, 1 page, 7½x10½. No place (but presumably Washington, D. C.

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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN
The Senate Minority Leader declines an Independence Day event, but suggests Representative John Anderson as a "top flight" alternative.
Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as Minority Leader, 1 page, 7½x10½. No place (but presumably Washington, D. C.), 1963 April 5. On his personal Senate letterhead to Clarence E. Sandstrom, Mount Morris, Illinois. In full: "I am appreciate [sic] your newsy letter concerning the efforts being made to secure an Independence Day speaker. I have also taken note concerning my possibilities for this date should the current plans fall through. I regret to advise that I have a number of commitments for this very date. However, when you mentioned John Anderson, he always gives a top flight address. Do keep in touch with me concerning the political situation in your area. With every good wish". Everett McKinley Dirksen (1896-1969) was U.S. Representative (1933-1949) and U.S. Senator (1951 until his death in 1969) from Illinois. He was the Republican Whip from 1957-1959 and Minority Leader from 1959-1969. As Minority Leader, Dirksen played a key role in the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965) and the Fair Housing Act (1968). A fiscal conservative, he is also remembered for the quip, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon we're talking about real money!" John B. Anderson, lauded in this letter, was a Republican US Representative from Illinois (1961-1981) and an independent candidate for President in 1980, drawing about 7% of the vote and pulling support equally from Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Normal mailing folds. Toned. Lightly soiled. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Staple holes at top right corner. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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