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JOHN HAY WHITNEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/21/1968 - HFSID 288192

JOHN HAY WHITNEY Letter soliciting support and contributions for Nelson Rockefeller's Presidential campaign Typed Letter signed: "John Hay Whitney", 1 page, 6x8½. New York, N.Y., 1968 June 21. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Moore"

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JOHN HAY WHITNEY
Letter soliciting support and contributions for Nelson Rockefeller's Presidential campaign
Typed Letter signed: "John Hay Whitney", 1 page, 6x8½. New York, N.Y., 1968 June 21. On personal letterhead to "Dear Mr. Moore". In full: "A Rockefeller for President committee has been formed to help the Governor win the Republican nomination. This committee is working throughout the 50 states to convince fellow Republicans to share our belief in the rightness of his candidacy. I hope you will join with me as a member of the Committee and begin by making your own contribution. (I am informed that gifts up to $3,000 to any committee are not subject to a gift tax.) Checks should be made payable to Rockefeller for President. There is much to accomplish in the short time remaining and the Governor needs our help now. Sincerely". John Hay Whitney (1904-1982) inherited great wealth from both sides of his family. Adding to that wealth with his own business ventures, Whitney had become one of the world's ten richest persons before his death. J. H. Whitney & Company was the nation's first venture capital firm. Whitney was a major financial backer of Broadway and Hollywood productions. Whitney Communications owned the New York Herald Tribune and other media outlets. He bred race horses, and was an avid polo player. An OSS officer in World War II, Whitney was captured in France by the Germans, but escaped. Whitney had been a major supporter of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Presidential candidacy, and served as US Ambassador to Great Britain during Ike's Presidency. Whitney had long personal and business ties to the Rockefellers; his uncle Oliver Hazard Payne had been a business partner of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. Nelson Rockefeller had been a very serious Presidential candidate in 1960 and 1964. His 1968 bid was too little to late, as shown by the date on this letter - six weeks before the Republican Convention which nominated Richard Nixon. Multiple mailing folds. Paper clip imprint at top edge. Otherwise, fine condition.

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