PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/24/1977 - HFSID 289643
Sale Price $450.00
Letter to producer Paul Keyes, sending him a copy of Julie Nixon's book Special People
Typed Letter signed: "RN", 1 page, 7¼x10¼. La Casa Pacifica, San Clemente, California, 1977 June 14. On personal letterhead to Mr. and Mrs. Paul W. Keyes, Toluca Lake, California. Handwritten greeting, ""Dear Miriam and Paul". Typed letter in full: "I thought you might like to have the enclosed, personally autographed, copy of Julie's book, 'Special People.' [Item not included.] While I must admit to a bit of parental prejudice, I hope you will find, as I have, that it portrays insight into the very sensitive lives of some of the famous personalities of our times. Pat joins me in sending our very best wishes. Sincerely". Accompanied by an unsigned copy of a thank you note from Keyes. Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994), was elected 37th President (1969-1974) of the U.S. in 1968 after representing California in the U.S. House of Representatives (1947-1951) and U.S. Senate (1951-1953) and serving two terms as Dwight D. Eisenhower's Vice President. Nixon lost (1960), then won (1968), extremely close Presidential elections (facing John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey, respectively), then won re-election by a landslide against George McGovern in 1972. His re-election triumph rapidly turned sour, however, as the burgeoning Watergate scandal claimed more and more of his key aides and finally compelled his own resignation. A pragmatic conservative who gained an early reputation as an anti-Communist, Nixon would achieve diplomatic triumphs in relations with China and the Soviet Union. On January 23, 1973, he made the historic announcement that a cease-fire on January 27 would end American involvement in the long and devastating Vietnam War. At home, Nixon initiated plans to improve the environment and added four conservative justices, including Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, to the U.S. Supreme Court. The first President to employ the 25th Amendment, he chose Gerald R. Ford to replace the resigning Spiro T. Agnew as his Vice President. On August 9, 1974, eight months after Ford was sworn in (December 6, 1973), Nixon resigned his office due to the Watergate scandal. He was pardoned by his successor on September 8. Nixon's prolific writings in his retirement years helped repair his reputation and hastened his re-emergence as an elder statesman. Paul Keyes (1925-2004) was an Emmy-winning comedy writer and TV producer, whose work ranged from Laugh-In (two of his three Emmys) to the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award series (another Emmy). He watched election returns with Nixon in 1968, and claimed to be the first person to address him as Mr. President. Multiple mailing folds. Top left corner creased. Julie Nixon Eisenhower (b. 1948), President and Mrs. Nixon's younger daughter, married David Eisenhower, the grandson of President Eisenhower, in December 1968. She has written several books, as has her husband. Always a staunch defender of her father and his legacy, Julie surprised some by endorsing the Presidential candidacy of Democrat Barack Obama in 2008. Creased and worn. Corners creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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