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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/19/1972 - HFSID 257115

RICHARD NIXON Four days after the first Watergate indictments, he signs a typed letter to the head of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. Typed Letter signed: "RN" as President, 1 page, 6¾x8¾. Washington, D.C., 1972 September 19. On White House letterhead to U.S.

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RICHARD NIXON
Four days after the first Watergate indictments, he signs a typed letter to the head of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.
Typed Letter signed: "RN" as President, 1 page, 6¾x8¾. Washington, D.C., 1972 September 19. On White House letterhead to U.S. Representative Bob Wilson, Washington, D.C. In full: "It was good of you to send me a copy of your Republican Candidates Speech Kit which is an excellent way to keep our team informed on the key issues of the day. The Congressional Campaign Committee, as always, is doing an outstanding job in this election period, and I hope you will tell the entire staff how much I appreciate their efforts. Of course, the best reward would be a sweeping victory in November. With best personal regards, Sincerely". The year 1972 was a momentously successful one for Richard Nixon (1913-1994), the 37th US President. After making his historic visit to the People's Republic of China in February, he traveled to Moscow in May to sign ten formal agreements with the Soviet Union. Basking in his foreign policy successes, Nixon won a landslide re-election victory that November, carrying 49 states against Democratic challenger George McGovern. However, the botched burglary at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee in Washington's Watergate Hotel June 16, 1972) set in motion events which would result in Nixon's resignation on August 8, 1974. On September 15, 1972, four days before this letter was written, the five Watergate burglars, plus White House "plumbers" G. Gordon Liddy and E. Howard Hunt, were indicted. The following month, the Washington Post reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein disclosed the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) was funding political espionage and "dirty tricks." These nefarious activities neither helped nor hindered Nixon's re-election campaign very much, but subsequent disclosure of the President's involvement in the Watergate cover-up - he had not authorized the initial break-in - brought down his Presidency. The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, which Representative Bob Wilson had headed 1962-1966, operated separately from CREEP. Both major US parties had national committees, presidential committees, and congressional and senatorial campaign committees operating in that and subsequent election cycles. Fold crease, not at signature. Fine condition.

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