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PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/28/1966 - HFSID 87646

RICHARD NIXON Richard Nixon sends a typed letter of thanks for the wire. Typed Letter Signed: "Dick," 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, 1966 November 28. To Admiral Lewis Strauss, Washington, D.C.

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RICHARD NIXON
Richard Nixon sends a typed letter of thanks for the wire.
Typed Letter Signed: "Dick," 1p, 7¼x10½. New York, 1966 November 28. To Admiral Lewis Strauss, Washington, D.C. In full: "Due to a very heavy backlog of mail, this is the first opportunity I have had to tell you how much I appreciated your wire in which you referred so generously to my activities during the recent campaign. The results on November Eighth exceeded even my own optimistic predictions and I am confident that we have now laid the foundation for even greater victories in the years ahead. I want to take this opportunity to extend my very best wishes for Christmas and the New Year." From The Memoirs of Richard Nixon: "I enjoyed listening to the 1966 election returns. By the end of the night, Republicans had won a net of 47 House seats, 3 Senate seats, 8 governorships and 540 seats in state legislatures. My predictions-that we would win 40 House seats, 3 Senate seats, 6 governorships and 700 state legislature seats---which had seemed so unrealistically optimistic when I made them six months earlier were vindicated with a vengeance...It was gratifying to know that I had played a major part in this Republican victory---a prerequisite for my own comeback...The campaign of 1966 had another important effect: it softened the remaining jagged memories of the 'last press conference.'" Nixon was referring to his 1962 press conference, following his defeat for Governor of California, which he called his 'last,' telling reporters that they 'won't have Nixon to kick around anymore.'" 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. Fine condition..

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