MELVIN R. LAIRD - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 343576
MELVIN R. LAIRD President Nixon's Secretary of Defense signs a First Day Cover honoring The Show Me Philatelic Center First Day Cover signed: "Melvin R Laird", in black ink 6½x3½.
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MELVIN R. LAIRD President Nixon's Secretary of Defense signs a First Day Cover honoring The Show Me Philatelic Center First Day Cover signed: "Melvin R Laird", in black ink 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring The Show Me Philatelic Center, 8-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Kansas City, Missouri, June 19, 1973, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Melvin Robert Laird, Jr. (1922-2016) was U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Richard M. Nixon from 1969-1973, the first Congressman appointed to the post. Committed to only a four-year tenure, Laird publicly supported Nixon's course in Vietnam but opposed the Cambodian invasion and the bombing and land mine operations of the spring of 1972. On January 27, 1973, two days before he left office, the Vietnam settlement was signed in Paris. Laird, who had previously served as a Republican in the Wisconsin state senate (1946-1948) and as a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin (1953-1969), then became a domestic advisor to Nixon. In 1974, the year he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Laird resigned to become senior counselor on national and international affairs for "Reader's Digest". Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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