PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: NELLIE CONNALLY, JOHN B. CONNALLY JR., FIRST LADY PATRICIA R. NIXON - HFSID 88091
Sale Price $1,190.00
RICHARD NIXON, PAT NIXON, JOHN CONNALLY and NELLIE CONNALLY. Photograph signed: "Nellie Connally", "John Connally", "Pat Nixon" as First Lady and "Richard Nixon" as 37th U.S. President. B/w, 9¾x8. Floresville, Texas, 1972 September 22.President and Mrs. Nixon and former Texas Governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, are pictured in front of the Picosa Ranch, which was the setting of a "Democrats for Nixon" dinner. Fine condition. Accompanied by invitation, unsigned, 4p, 5¾x4½. In full: "In Honor of/The President of the United States/and Mrs. Nixon/Nellie and John Connally/request the pleasure of your company/at a Democrats for Nixon Dinner/on Friday, September 22, 1972/at half after six o'clock in the evening/Picosa Ranch/Floresville, Texas". The invitation is windowed on back of framed display to show a map to the Ranch. Lightly creased. Arrow in ink (unknown hand) at lower margin next to reply telephone number. Fine condition. The Picosa Ranch belonged to former Governor and Mrs. Connally, who also had homes in Austin, Santa Fe and South Padre Island. Incumbent President Richard M. Nixon had been renominated by the Republican Party just a month earlier, during their August 21-23 convention. Less than two months after this photograph was signed, on November 7, 1972, Nixon and Spiro Agnew would defeat Democrats George McGovern and Sargent Shriver by 46,740,323 (60.3% of the votes cast) to 28,901,598 (37.3% of the votes cast) popular votes and 520-17 electoral votes. RICHARD M. NIXON (1913-1994) was a Republican U.S. Congressman (1947-1950) and U.S. Senator (1950-1953) from California before serving as Dwight D. Eisenhower's Vice President (1953-1961). Nixon, who lost a bid for the presidency to JFK in 1960, was elected as 37th U.S. President in 1968, serving until he resigned in August 1974 over the Watergate scandal, which had its beginnings with the break-in at the Watergate complex in June 1972, just three months before this fund-raising dinner was held. Nixon had married the former THELMA CATHERINE "PAT" RYAN (1912-1993) on June 21, 1940; the couple had two daughters. Nixon, like Connally, had served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. JOHN BOWDEN CONNALLY, JR. (1917-1993), who had been born near Floresville, Texas, was Nixon's Secretary of the Treasury from 1971-1972. He had previously served as Governor of Texas (1963-1969), during which time he was riding in the car with President John F. Kennedy in the Dallas motorcade and was wounded in the volley of fire that killed JFK. He had married the former IDANELL "NELLIE" BRILL, who was riding with him on that fateful morning in Dallas, on December 21, 1940. The couple, who had four children, both testified before the Warren Commission that investigated JFK's assassination, which was the leading chapter in John Connally's autobiography. Two items. Frame has several chips on face and bottom edge. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 29½x22.
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