PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, JESSE L. JACKSON, JAMES H. MEREDITH - HFSID 179878
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GERALD R. FORD, JESSE L. JACKSON, JAMES H. MEREDITH and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Gerald R. Ford, Jesse L. Jackson, James H. Meredith and Andrew Lloyd Weber sign a first day cover honoring the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr.
First Day Cover signed: "Andrew Lloyd Webber", "Jesse L Jackson", "James H Meredith" and "Gerald R. Ford", 6½x3¾. First Day Cover honoring the 50th Anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., 15-cent stamp in the Black Heritage series affixed, postmarked Atlanta, Georgia, January 13, 1979, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. On August 9, 1974, GERALD R. FORD (1913-2006) was sworn in as the nation's 38th President (1974-1977) following the resignation of Richard Nixon. Ford had previously served as Nixon's Vice President (1973-1974) following the resignation of Vice President Spiro Agnew, becoming the only man to have held both of the nation's highest offices without being elected to either. Ford, who was previously a U.S. Congressman from Michigan (1949-1973; Minority Leader, 1965-1973), lost his bid for election to a full four-year term partially as a result of his controversial pardon of his predecessor. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999, Ford holds the record as the longest-lived former U.S. President. An ordained Baptist Minister and Civil Rights activist, JESSE L. JACKSON (born in 1941) formed PUSH (People United to Save Humanity) in 1971. Jackson, who had begun working with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in the mid-1960s, had helped found the Chicago branch of Operation Breadbasket, SCLC's economic arm. From 1967-1971, he served as Executive Director of Operation Breadbasket, whose economic focus was expanded to include social and political development with the establishment of PUSH. Jackson sought the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988. After serving nine years in the U.S. Air Force, JAMES H. MEREDITH registered at the University of Mississippi in the Fall of 1961. Attempts were made to block his registration, but the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that admission could not be denied to any academically qualified, tax-paying state citizen. In the wake of increasingly violent protests, President John F. Kennedy ordered U.S. Marshals to escort Meredith to class. Riots broke out and two students were killed before the National Guard arrived. Meredith's entrance to "Ole Miss" was a pivotal point in the Civil Rights movement, and he followed it with his 1966 "Walk Against Fear", a march from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi to urge Blacks to exercise their voting rights. Meredith was shot on the march, and when he was physically able to resume the march, he did so, joined by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and other prominent Civil Rights leaders. Composer ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER (born in London in 1948), who won Grammy and Tony Awards for Cats and Evita, also won a Tony Award for Sunset Boulevard and was nominated for eight additional Tonys. His other musicals include Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Phantom of the Opera. Webber, who was married to his second wife, singer Sarah Brightman, from 1984-1990, was knighted in 1992. Slightly creased, near but not touching signatures. Rippled at cachet. Fine condition.
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