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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/12/1948 - HFSID 320010

EVERETT M. DIRKSEN As US Representative at a turning point in his career, Dirksen replies to thanks for an appearance in Detroit. Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as US Representative, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D. C., 1948 April 12. On his personal House letterhead to Charles A.

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EVERETT M. DIRKSEN
As US Representative at a turning point in his career, Dirksen replies to thanks for an appearance in Detroit.
Typed Letter signed: "Everett M. Dirksen" as US Representative, 1 page, 8x10½. Washington, D. C., 1948 April 12. On his personal House letterhead to Charles A. Koehler, Koehler Bros., Saginaw, Michigan. In full: "Thanks a million for your gracious tribute to my humble effort in Detroit. I am so very grateful. Your good letter is genuine encouragement for redoubled effort in the cause of our country. Express my gratitude to your associates who attended the Convention. With every good wish, Sincerely". 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!" The year 1948 was a crucial one for Everett Dirksen. Diagnosed with a serious retinal infection which threatened his eyesight, Dirksen opted for treatment rather than removal of the eye, butdeclined to run for re-election to the House so that he could focus on recovery. Two years later, he would unseat a Democratic incumbent to win a Senate seat, and within a decade would become leader of the Senate Republicans. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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