PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON - DIPLOMATIC APPOINTMENT SIGNED 09/15/1965 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE W. BALL - HFSID 285923
LYNDON B. JOHNSON and GEORGE W. BALL LBJ as President, and Ball as Acting Secretary of State, sign the official appointment of Arthur Goldberg, formerly Supreme Court Justice, as US ambassador to the United Nations. Historic Partly Printed DS: "Lyndon B. Johnson" as President and "George W.
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LYNDON B. JOHNSON and GEORGE W. BALL
LBJ as President, and Ball as Acting Secretary of State, sign the official appointment of Arthur Goldberg, formerly Supreme Court Justice, as US ambassador to the United Nations.
Historic Partly Printed DS: "Lyndon B. Johnson" as President and "George W. Ball" as Acting Secretary of State, 1 page, 21½x17½. Washington, 1965 September 15. Appointment of Arthur J. Goldberg to the General Assembly of the United Nations to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Adlai E. Stevenson. In full: "Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity and Ability of Arthur J. Goldberg, of Illinois, I have nominated, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do designate him as a Representative of the United States of America to the Twentieth Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of this commission, according to law, with all the powers and privileges thereunto of right appertaining during the pleasure of the President of the United States." On July 14, 1965, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Adlai E. Stevenson died suddenly in London at the age of 65. ARTHUR J. GOLDBERG, President Kennedy's Secretary of Labor, had been appointed an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 1, 1962. President JOHNSON convinced Goldberg to resign his lifetime appointment to the court to serve his country at the United Nations. When Goldberg resigned from his post at the United Nations in 1968, he was succeeded by GEORGE WILDMAN BALL, who signed this appointment. At the time of this document, Ball was Acting Secretary of State in the absence of Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who served under Kennedy and Johnson. George Ball (1909-1994) was Under-Secretary of State in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations (1961-1966). The highest administration official to oppose US military involvement in Vietnam, Ball resigned his office in 1966, his advice unheeded. However, Ball never openly criticized President Johnson, and he accepted appointment as Goldberg's replacement in June 1968, after LBJ had agreed to peace talks aimed at ending the conflict. Only with the unauthorized publication of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 did Ball's longstanding and consistent opposition to the Vietnam War become publicly known. 3½-inch diameter Presidential seal affixed to left of Ball's signature. Fine condition.
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