JIM WRIGHT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/02/1969 - HFSID 273759
Sale Price $162.00
[LYNDON B. JOHNSON] JIM WRIGHT
He types a letter as U.S. Representative from Texas, dated in 1969
Typed Letter Signed: "Jim Wright" as U.S. Representative from Texas, 1p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1969 January 2. On letterhead of Congress of the United States, House of Representatives to Mr. Danny Franklin, Sunnyslope, Arizona. In full: "Thanks so much for your very thoughtful letter. I certainly appreciate your generous good wishes and your kind comments about my efforts here in the Congress. Enclosed, as you requested, is President Johnson's autograph. Hope that you and yours enjoyed a joyous holiday season. Very best wishes to you for a happy and prosperous new year. Sincerely". Lightly creased with folds, lower horizontal fold at the flourish of the "m". Light paper clip impression at upper left margin. Fine condition. With White House card, signed "Lyndon B. Johnson" in autopen, 3¾x2½. Imprinted: "The White House/Washington". Ink note (unknown hand) identifying signature as autopen at lower margin. Paper clip impression and stain at upper left corner. Fine condition. James Claude Wright, Jr. (1922-2015) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Texas from 1955-1989, serving as House Majority Leader from 1979-1987 and Speaker of the House from 1987 until his resignation in 1989. Wright, a WWII veteran who had earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, had previously served in the Texas state House of Representatives (1947-1949) and as Mayor of Weatherford, Texas (1950-1954). In 1988, charges were brought by Newt Gingrich over questionable behavior by Wright, who was also the author of several books. In 1989, Wright was investigated by the House Ethics Committee on charges that he had made bulk purchases of his book, Reflections of a Public Man, to earn speaking fees in excess of the allowed maximum, and that his wife, Betty, had been given a job and other perks to avoid limits on gifts. Wright, who resigned his position, retired from public service and currently teaches at Texas Christian University. Two items.
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