PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/19/1953 - HFSID 5373
Sale Price $2,337.50
JOHN F. KENNEDY
The Senator reports that Giuseppe Trafficante will not receive an entry visa due to information provided by the American Consul in Naples, Italy
Typed Letter signed: "John" as U.S. Senator, 1p, 7½x10. Washington, D.C., 1953 June 19. On his U.S. Senate letterhead to Mr. Anthony Galluccio, Boston, Massachusetts.Begins: "Dear Tony". In full: "This will supplement my letter to you of May 7, relative to your interest in the case of Mrs. Trafficante who is desirous of having her husband come to the United States from Italy. I am now in receipt of a communication from the American Consul General at Naples, Italy, and enclose a copy herewith, which speaks for itself. I sincerely regret it is not possible for me to extend a more favorable reply to you at this time but, in view of the contents of Mr. Nester's letter, it would appear that a firm decision has been reached by the authorities in the visa case of Mr. Giuseppe Trafficante." Enclosure not present. John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), a former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, had been elected U.S. Senator from the state in November 1952. He took office in January 1953, just five months before he signed this letter. During his first term as U.S. Senator, Kennedy co-wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage while recovering from back surgery. The book discusses eight times in U.S. history where a U.S. Senator stood up for what he thought was right, no matter what his party or the public had to say. Kennedy went on to become the nation's 35th President. Sadly, his tenure in the Oval Office was cut short by his infamous assassination in Dallas Texas, on November 22, 1963, subject to numerous conspiracy theories in the decades since. Here, JFK corresponds with his longtime friend, Anthony Galluccio, who worked as a full-time staff member to get Kennedy elected to the Senate. Once Kennedy was in the Senate, Galluccio, an attorney, contacted him on behalf of people seeking recommendations for employment, immigration visas, and other matters. As the 35th U.S. President (1961-1963), on July 23, 1963, just four months before he would be assassinated in Dallas, Texas, JFK presented a plan for a new immigration policy that would end the quota system and encourage the reuniting of families. Kennedy's successor, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed such a bill into law on October 3, 1965. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Staple holes at upper left corner, light stain at upper left blank edge. Overall, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31¼x21.
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