PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: JOHN GLENN, EDWARD "TED" KENNEDY, GEORGE MCGOVERN - HFSID 172941
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GERALD FORD, JOHN GLENN, EDWARD KENNEDY and GEORGE McGOVERN
Gerald Ford, John Glenn, Edward Kennedy, and George McGovern sign a first day cover for the "Stars and Stripes Forever" stamp.
First Day Cover signed: "John Glenn", "George McGovern", "Ted Kennedy" and "Gerald R. Ford", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring "Stars and Stripes Forever", two 22-cent stamps affixed, postmarked Washington, D.C., March 29, 1985, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Elected as a Republican U.S. Congressman from Michigan in 1948, GERALD R. FORD served as House Minority Leader from 1965-1973, when he was appointed as Nixon's Vice President upon the resignation of Spiro Agnew. Upon Nixon's resignation in 1974, Ford became the 38th U.S. President, serving until 1977. Ford's defeat for election in his own right by a virtually unknown Jimmy Carter has been attributed to his controversial pardon of Nixon. On February 20, 1962, JOHN GLENN became the first American to orbit the Earth (three orbits in four hours and 55 minutes) aboard Friendship 7. On October 29, 1998, 36 years later, U.S. Senator John H. Glenn, Jr. of Ohio returned to space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, spending nine days and orbiting the Earth 134 times. The 77-year-old's presence on the mission helped scientists study the effects of space on the aging process. "The oldest man in space" retired from the U.S. Senate in 1999 after serving 24 years. The youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and the only surviving son of Ambassador Joseph Kennedy, EDWARD "TEDDY" KENNEDY was elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 1962 to fill the seat vacated by his brother, the President. Kennedy, who has become a national spokesman for liberal causes, challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980, but fell short. He remains an eloquent and important voice in the Senate and for his party. GEORGE MCGOVERN (born in 1922) represented South Dakota in the U.S. House of Representatives (1957-1961) and Senate (1963-1981). The Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1972, he carried only Massachusetts and the District of Columbia against President Nixon. Prior to the 1972 Democratic Convention, McGovern had headed a special commission that revolutionized the process of delegate selection, increasing the importance of competing for delegates in state primaries. Motivated to run for President by his opposition to the Vietnam War, McGovern has also long been associated with the problem of world hunger. He administered the Food for Peace program for President Kennedy (1961-1962), represented the U.S. at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (1998-2001) and became the U.N. Global Ambassador on World Hunger in 2001. Slightly rippled. Light show through of glue at upper left blank corner. Fine condition.
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