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JOHN VARICK TUNNEY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/24/1974 - HFSID 79098

JOHN V. TUNNEY The U.S. Senator writes to the Office of Education, supporting an application made by one of his constituents for funding, signs name in blue ink Typed letter signed: "John Tunney" in blue felt tip. 1 page, 6x8. Written on personal U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C. January 24, 1974.

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JOHN V. TUNNEY
The U.S. Senator writes to the Office of Education, supporting an application made by one of his constituents for funding, signs name in blue ink
Typed letter signed: "John Tunney" in blue felt tip. 1 page, 6x8. Written on personal U.S. Senate letterhead. Washington, D.C. January 24, 1974. Addressed to Richard D. Simmons, Project Coordinator of the ESAA in the Office of Education in Washington, D.C. In full: "I recently received the attached correspondence from one of my constituent, Ms. Judith Orttung, President of the Leagus [sic] of Women Voters, concerning the Riverside Unified School District's application for funds under the Emergency School Aid Act. Your consideration of this application would be greatly appreciated. Please keep me posted on any developments made on this application. Thank you very much for your assistance in this matter. Any responses should be directed to the attention of my assistant, Miss Barbara Little". 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. Toned. Staple punctures and tears in top margin. Corners rounded. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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