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PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/07/1952 - HFSID 33648

JOHN F. KENNEDY John F. Kennedy sends a typed letter about Theodore K. Yantshev. Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1952 August 7. On his Congress of the United States letterhead to Francis C. Newton, Jr., Esq.

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JOHN F. KENNEDY
John F. Kennedy sends a typed letter about Theodore K. Yantshev.
Typed Letter Signed: "John Kennedy" as U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1952 August 7. On his Congress of the United States letterhead to Francis C. Newton, Jr., Esq., Powers & Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "I am again contacting you on behalf of Theodore K. Yantshev. I am informed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service that since there was actually a warrant of deportation issued against Mr. Yantshev, he must secure permission from the Attorney General to re-enter the United States, despite the fact that the warrant of deportation was not put into effect and he left voluntarily. I believe that the Immigration and Naturalization Service is writing to you, in reply to the letter you addressed to the Attorney General, and will furnish you with the appropriate application forms for such permission. These forms should be submitted to the Office of the District Director in Boston, at 73 Tremont Street. You might contact Mr. Henry Nicolls, the District Director, and discuss with him the necessity of having Mr. Yantshev's signature on the application. The Central Office seemed to think that you, as Mr. Yantshev's attorney, could submit the application in his behalf. If you will advise me when this has been done, I shall be happy to contact the proper authorities again in an effort to be of some assistance. With kind regards, I am, Sincerely yours". THEODORE KONSTANTIN YANTSHEV was born in 1926 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He attended the Bulgaria University of Technical Sciences, studying electrical engineering (1945-1946). He was president of an anti-Communist organization at the university and through this position was an intimate of Petkov, leader of the Bulgarian Peasant Party, who was subsequently executed for his opposition to Communism. With the help of an American naval officer, Yantshev escaped to the United States as a stowaway on the American ship S.S. Juliet Victory in the spring of 1946. In June 1946 he came to Boston, where he was employed at an electrical engineering laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In July 1947, Yantshev's presence came to the attention of United States immigration authorities and a warrant for deportation back to Bulgaria was issued against him. In April 1948, Yantshev obtained a passport to go to Argentina, where he had an uncle and from where he planned to apply to re-enter the United States legally. In Argentina, he applied for re-admission. His application was rejected. Congressman John F. Kennedy and others tried to obtain a visa for him. By April 1955, when a visa to enter the United States was finally granted, Yantshev had married an Argentinian citizen. Economic hardships and threats against his family in Bulgaria from the Communists prevented him from emigrating, and he remained in Argentina. Three months after signing this letter, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), who had been elected Democratic U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts' 11th District in 1946, would defeat Republican Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. to become U.S. Senator from Massachusetts. On September 12, 1953, 13 months after he signed this letter, JFK would marry Jacqueline Bouvier, who would become America's First Lady (1961-1963). Kennedy, who had been elected Congressman after returning from WWII as a war hero, had begun his campaign for Senate in 1950. Restless in the House, Kennedy, who had been elected to his third term as Congressman, had decided to challenge the incumbent Lodge, and, although Republican Dwight D. Eisenhower carried Massachusetts by 208,000 votes in the 1952 election, Kennedy displayed his remarkable appeal by unseating Lodge by 70,000 votes. During his tenure in the House, Kennedy generally supported President Harry S Truman's foreign policies, although he criticized the administration's weak stance against the Communist Chinese, and he backed social legislation that benefited his working-class constituents. Kennedy was noted for his personal involvement with the people of his Boston-based district, as evidenced in this letter regarding immigrant Theodore K. Yantshev. Case records, dating from 1947-1958, on Yantshev, are held at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Lightly creased, not at signature. Light paper clip impression at upper blank margin. Fine condition.

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