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GOVERNOR MATTHEW E. WELSH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/05/1973 - HFSID 273889

MATTHEW E. WELSH The Indiana state politician and businessman signed this letter and sent it to a collector Typed Letter Signed: "Matthew E. Welsh", 1p, 8½x11. Indianapolis, Indiana, November 5, 1973. On letterhead of Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman to Mr.

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Condition: slightly creased
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MATTHEW E. WELSH The Indiana state politician and businessman signed this letter and sent it to a collector Typed Letter Signed: "Matthew E. Welsh", 1p, 8½x11. Indianapolis, Indiana, November 5, 1973. On letterhead of Bingham Summers Welsh & Spilman to Mr. Danny Franklin, Phoenix, Arizona. In full: "Thank you for your letter of October 28, and I am enclosing for your collection an autographed photograph. Your good wishes are greatly appreciated. Sincerely". Photograph not present. Matthew Empson Welsh (1912-1955), who had degrees in economics and law, was Democratic Governor of Indiana from 1961-1965. During his tenure, Welsh initiated the state's first sales tax (1963), and he gained notoriety for banning the song, "Louie, Louie", from Indiana radio stations. In a unique Presidential election campaign, Welsh chose to run for President in the Democratic primary of 1964 solely so that George Wallace, a Southern Democrat who supported segregation, would not run unopposed. Welsh won his home state, helping to block Wallace nationally from having a claim as the Democratic candidate in the general election. Other local state politicians who blocked Wallace include John W. Reynolds (Wisconsin) and Albert S. Porter (Ohio). Welsh had previously been a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives (1940-1943) before serving in WWII. After returning stateside, he was named U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana (1950-1952), and Welsh served in the Indiana State Senate (1954). After his term as Governor, he was named to the International Joint Commission on Waterways with Canada (IJC) by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Welsh then returned to his private law practice and he became a member of the Board of Trustees for Vincennes University (a campus building is named in his honor). Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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