PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 276818
Sale Price $850.00
Shown with Harry Truman in this framed photo, LBJ inscribes and signs it to the Secret Service agent who later drove the limo bearing President Ford through a red light and into a collision.
Photograph inscribed in calligraphy and signed: "To Andy Hutch/With appreciation," "Lyndon B. Johnson". B/w, 11x14 overall, image 7¼x11, enclosed in gold colored wooden frame to a size of 12½x16. Johnson has signed after a calligraphic inscription. LYNDON B. JOHNSON (1908-1973), who was a U.S. Senator from Texas from 1949 until his resignation upon being elected John F. Kennedy's Vice President in 1960, was Minority Whip (1951-1953), Minority Leader (1953-1955) and Majority Leader (1955-1960). He had previously been a U.S. Congressman from the state from 1937-1949. After serving as JFK's Vice President from 1961-1963, Johnson succeeded the assassinated Chief Executive as 36th U.S. President (1963-1969). He is pictured with the 33rd President, Harry Truman (1884-1972), apparently arriving at an event. Andrew Hutch (d. 1991), to whom the photo is inscribed, was a secret service agent. Although there is really no real connection - Johnson was two years dead - LBJ's "appreciation" to Hutch sounds ironic in light of later incident involving Hutch and the 41st President, Gerald Ford (1913-2006). Hutch was driving the Presidential limousine after a fund-raising dinner in Hartford, Connecticut (October 1975). Assuming that all intersections had been blocked by local police, Hutch drove the limo through a red light, resulting in a collision with another car. Ford was uninjured, but a Republican state official riding in the limo broke his finger. Frame lightly pitted. Photo in fine condition. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. Not reviewed by us for conservation integrity. "As is" framing purchase.
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