PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1965 - HFSID 79012
Sale Price $360.00
He signs the program of a Republican "Forward to Victory in '66" program.
Program signed: "Dick Nixon", 36 pages, 8½x11. Program of the Republican Finance Committee of Wisconsin's "Forward to Victory in '66" dinner program, June 10, 1965. Signed on page 16, next to his reproduced photo and printed message. Nixon was the featured speaker at this dinner. Despite his past successes as US Representative and Senator from California and Vice President of the United States (1953-1961), Richard Nixon's political fortunes looked dim at the time he addressed this dinner. He had lost a close Presidential election to John F. Kennedy in 1960, and then lost again in a bid to become California's Govern or in 1962, compounding this failure with a disastrous press conference in which he railed against the press. His Republican Party's fortunes were at a low ebb to, given Arizona Senator's landslide defeat to President Johnson in 1964, with accompanying losses of Congressional seats. Nixon persisted, however, readily available to speak to meetings of Republican activists like this one, and in the process strengthened his own political network. With President Johnson's popularity diminishing as the Vietnam war continued, Republicans gained 47 House seats and three Senate seats in 1966. When George Romney, the early front runner for the Republic Presidential nomination in 1968, stumbled on his own words, Nixon surged to the nomination, holding off a Convention challenge from California Governor Ronald Reagan, and went on to finally attain the White House that year. Lightly soiled on cover. Fine condition.
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