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GEORGE MAHON - SPEECH SIGNED - HFSID 23089

GEORGE MAHON He signs a typed copy of his eulogy on the House floor following the death of President Eisenhower Typed Speech signed: "George Mahon/MC/Texas", 2p, 8½x11. Titled, "Eulogy to Dwight David Eisenhower." In full: "Mr. Speaker, President Eisenhower's work has been finished. He has written his record. It is a brilliant and moving record.

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GEORGE MAHON
He signs a typed copy of his eulogy on the House floor following the death of President Eisenhower
Typed Speech signed: "George Mahon/MC/Texas", 2p, 8½x11. Titled, "Eulogy to Dwight David Eisenhower." In full: "Mr. Speaker, President Eisenhower's work has been finished. He has written his record. It is a brilliant and moving record. The Nation and the world are now appending the closing chapters to the biography of Dwight David Eisenhower who, in the eloquent words of President Nixon on yesterday, was one of the giants of our time. Thomas Carlyle said that the history of the world is but the biography of its great men. It was not my good fortune to know the late President as intimately as some, but I had the privilege of many interesting associations with him, and I counted him as my personal friend. My official relations with him often came about through my chairmanship of the Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations. He had a gift for getting to the heart of the proposition and making his views clearly understood. The late President Eisenhower was blessed with a richness of personal qualities that make greater men greater - qualities that find a permanent home not only in the hearts of his countrymen but of people everywhere. Unimpeachable character and integrity, great depth of sincerity, love of liberty and country, and devotion to the service of the common good were among the shining precepts of the personal coat of arms of this unpretentious man. A victor in so many battles even in the last days, it is hard to realize that the late President is no longer here. He was so permanent, so enduring, so indestructible throughout his long years. All of us who have been associated with him in official matters, on the golf course, and otherwise will treasure the memory of our experiences and be glad that we had the opportunity of knowing a man of his stature. Surely his life and work will be widely noted and long remembered by this and coming generations. May the Lord bless his memory and give strength and comfort to Mrs. Eisenhower and family and others of his loved ones." George Herman Mahon (1900-1985), formerly a federal judge and district attorney was elected to 22 consecutive terms in the US House of Representatives (1935-1979). A Democrat, he chaired the Appropriations Committee from 1964 until 1979. He exerted great influence on budgetary issues and farm policy. At the 2008 centennial of Lubbock, Texas, the local paper declared Mahon the most influential Lubbock citizen of the 20th century. Page 2 has horizontal fold creases, affecting "G" of signature. Fine condition.

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