GEORGE A. SMATHERS - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/08/1967 - HFSID 157378
GEORGE SMATHERS He signs a complimentary typed letter to a retiring staff member on the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (1967). Typed Letter signed: ""George" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10. Washington, D.C., 1967 November 8.
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He signs a complimentary typed letter to a retiring staff member on the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (1967).
Typed Letter signed: ""George" as US Senator, 1 page, 8x10. Washington, D.C., 1967 November 8. On Senate letterhead to Ben Mandel, Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, Washington, D.C. In full: "I am sorry that my schedule does not permit me time to attend the reception honoring you. However, I do want you to know that as one member of the Internal Security Subcommittee, I am very much aware of your twenty-five years of service and your contributions to the Congress and the Nation. You have my thanks for this quarter century of devoted service as well as my best wishes for a productive and happy retirement. Sincerely". George Armistead Smathers (1913-2007) represented Florida in the US House of Representatives from 1947-1951. In 1950 President Truman personally asked Smathers to run against Senator Claude Pepper, who had been part of a "dump Truman" movement in 1948. Smathers defeated Pepper (later a Representative) in a very nasty Democratic primary, going on to serve three terms in the Senate (1951-1969). Smathers was a close friend of both President Kennedy and President Nixon, but later remarked that JFK was "a lot more fun." Smathers, who grew rich as a lobbyist and businessman, bequeathed $20 million to his alma mater, the University of Florida, where he had been captain of the basketball team and president of the student body. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II, Smathers is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was the last surviving signer of the Southern Manifesto of 1956, opposing school desegregation. Ben Mandel served on the staff of the House Un-American Activities Committee before moving to the Senate's equivalent body, the Internal Security Subcommittee. Lightly toned at top and bottom edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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