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GOVERNOR LESTER G. MADDOX - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/29/1968 - HFSID 273704

LESTER MADDOX. TLS: "Lester Maddox" as Governor of Georgia, 1p, 8½x11. Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 October 29. On letterhead of Executive Department to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona.

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Condition: slightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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LESTER MADDOX. TLS: "Lester Maddox" as Governor of Georgia, 1p, 8½x11. Atlanta, Georgia, 1968 October 29. On letterhead of Executive Department to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona. In full: "I am delighted to take this occasion to acknowledge receipt of your thoughtful and informative letter of October 26, 1968. I am indeed most appreciative of your kind and generous remarks in support of my humble efforts, and want to assure you that my every thought and action is directed at trying to make ours a greater, safer and freer state for all. I thank God that He leads me to try and help others as He directs my life. I only wish that I could do more for Him and my country. I am gratified by the encouragement you send my way and although it is not likely that I will please any one person in all that I do...I want to assure you that I shall strive in all my efforts in trying to conduct myself in such a way as to merit your continued support and confidence. I am most happy to comply with your request by sending a photograph of Mrs. Maddox and myself your way. With best wishes, I am, Sincerely". Slightly creased. Fine condition. Accompanied by photograph, unsigned. B/w, 8x10. Minor surface creases and striations, striations at Maddox's facial image, slightly creased at Mrs. Maddox's facial image. Overall, fine condition. Lester Maddox (1915-2003) was charged with assaulting five Black ministers who tried to eat at his Atlanta Restaurant the day after passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (he was subsequently acquitted by an all-white jury). Maddox, who wielded an axe handle as a symbol of his opposition to desegregation but never actually used it on anyone, did close his restaurant rather than serve Black customers. He was later Governor of Georgia (1967-1971). Prohibited from a second term by Georgia's constitution, Maddox was elected Lieutenant Governor (1971-1975), often opposing the policies of his successor as Governor, Jimmy Carter. Two items.

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