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JOHN VARICK TUNNEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/17/1974 - HFSID 79097

The U.S. Senator writes to the Office of Education, endorsing an application for funding, signs name in blue ink Typed letter signed: "John Tunney" in light blue ink. 1 page, 6x8. Written on personal U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C. January 17, 1974. Addressed to John R.

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JOHN V. TUNNEY
The U.S. Senator writes to the Office of Education, endorsing an application for funding, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "John Tunney" in light blue ink. 1 page, 6x8. Written on personal U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C. January 17, 1974. Addressed to John R. Ottina, Commissioner of the Office of Education in Washington D.C. In full: "I recently received tha [sic] attached correspondence form one of my constituents, Jack Tevault, District Superintendent of the Briggs-Overlands Elementary Schools concerning their application for ESAA Bilingual/Bicultural funds. Your consideration of this application would be greatly appreciated. Any information you may be able to provide on this application would aid me in responding to M. Tevault. Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter. Kindly mark the response to the attention of Miss Barbara Little of my staff. Sincerely". John V. Tunney (b. 1934), the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Gene Tunney, was future Senator and Presidential brother Edward "Ted" Kennedy's roommate at University of Virginia Law School, and the two became lifelong friends. Tunney, a Democrat, represented California for six years each in the US House of Representatives (1965-1971) and Senate (1971-1977), winning the Senate seat over incumbent Republican George Murphy despite Ronald Reagan's landslide re-election as Governor. Robert Redford's 1982 film The Candidate was reportedly inspired by Tunney's 1977 Senate race. Both his Senate primaries were closely and bitterly contested, and Tunney narrowly lost his bid for a second term. Tunney's involvement in politics after leaving office was minimal, but he did carry "back channel" messages to Moscow from Ted Kennedy in 1980 and again in 1983. Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Staple punctures in top margin. Ink stamp in top margin, slightly smeared. Lightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.

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