JOHN R. CHURCHILL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/04/1960 - HFSID 17778
[WAYNE MORSE] JOHN R. CHURCHILL Letter from Senator Wayne Morse's Presidential campaign of 1960 Typed Letter signed: "John R. Churchill", 1 page, 8½x11. Portland, Oregon, 1960 January 4. On letterhead of The Oregon Democrat to Julius C. Edelstein, Washington, D. C.
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[WAYNE MORSE] JOHN R. CHURCHILL
Letter from Senator Wayne Morse's Presidential campaign of 1960
Typed Letter signed: "John R. Churchill", 1 page, 8½x11. Portland, Oregon, 1960 January 4. On letterhead of The Oregon Democrat to Julius C. Edelstein, Washington, D. C. In full: "It was very nice to meet you again in New York. I am enclosing a copy of Senator Morse's speech on the Labor Bill, a copy of his News Letter, and a copy of Congressman Flynn's speech on the no-man's land provisions of the bill. It is my hope that you and Jack O'Brien can get together to discuss some of the other matters we talked about. I am quite worried about the increasing strength of Lyndon Johnson and Senator Symington. Also enclosed is a press release issued on the conservative Dixiecrat coalition of Young Democrats at the national convention in Toledo, Ohio. Thanks again for helping to get the midtown showing of the Morse film set up. Gus Tyler and Frank Sheehan have each ordered copies of the film, and I am sure that any of the Democratic organizations could borrow it from them or rent it directly from Jack O'Brien for $5.00. With warm personal regards, Sincerely yours". John R. Churchill, editor of the Oregon Democrat, founded in the state in 1859, the same year as statehood, was working on the Presidential campaign of Oregon Senator Wayne Morse (1900-1974). Morse, first elected to the Senate as a Republican in 1944, switched to the Democratic Party in 1955. On December 22, 1959, just two weeks before Churchill wrote this letter, Morse announced his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination. In an era when most convention delegates were still chosen by state party organizations, Morse entered only three primaries: District of Columbia, Maryland and Oregon. He lost (narrowly) to Senator Hubert Humphrey in D. C., but his hopes rose after Humphrey, beaten by Senator John F. Kennedy in West Virginia, dropped out of the race. This left Morse the most liberal candidate in the field, a potential advantage in a multi-candidate race. However, Morse lost - as expected - to JFK in Maryland, Morse made his last stand in Oregon. Outspending him 6 to 1, however, Kennedy took Oregon as well, ending Morse's Presidential hopes. Morse was re-elected to the Senate in 1962, emerging as one of the earliest critics of the Vietnam War, but lost in 1968 to Republican Robert Packwood. Normal mailing folds. Binding holes along left edge. Bottom left corner torn. Lightly creased and toned. Small perforations throughout. Otherwise, fine condition.
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