PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/26/1967 CO-SIGNED BY: MAXWELL RAFFERTY JR. - HFSID 51536
Sale Price $765.00
RONALD REAGAN and MAXWELL RAFFERTY, JR.
Ronald Reagan wrote a short letter on physical education in 1967 on the back of a note from Maxwell Rafferty, California Superintendent of Public Education, on Rafferty's personalized stationery.
Autograph letters signed: "Max" and, on verso, "Ron", 2p, 4x6, 1 sheet front and verso, on Rafferty personalized stationery. Rafferty's letter is addressed "To Governor Reagan" and date-stamped "Received/Governor's Office" on May 17. In full: "Governor: Just a footnote to what you and I were discussing the other night". Reagan's letter on verso is addressed to "Max Rafferty" and dated May 26, 1967 in red ink in unknown hand. In full: "Dear Max Thank you for passing on the information about 311. I hope we can find an a way to insure [sic] that physical ed. wont [sic] be sloughed off. Best Regards". Rafferty was California Superintendent of Public Education during the first five years that Reagan was Governor of California, from 1967 to 1971. Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) had two careers: actor and politician. His first movie was Love is on the Air (1937) and his 53rd and last film was The Killers (1964). In 1965, he wrote his autobiography, Where's the Rest of Me?, a line from his role as Drake McHugh in King's Row (1942). Reagan left his job hosting television's Death Valley Days during the 1965-1966 season, when he entered politics. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. Reagan began his campaign for the presidency and narrowly lost the 1976 Republican nomination to Gerald Ford. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984. After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. On February 6, 2001, Reagan became just the third U.S. President to reach the age of 90 and the nation's longest living President until Gerald Ford (d. 2006) lived 45 days longer. Maxwell Rafferty Jr. (1917-1982) was a teacher and school administrator in California, eventually being named California Superintendent of Public Education (1963-1971). Rafferty was an opponent of progressive education and advocated back-to-basics teaching. He was also a writer who published a nationally syndicated column called “Dr. Max Rafferty” and several books on the philosophy of education, including Suffer, Little Children (1963), What They Are Doing to Your Children (1964) and Max Rafferty on Education (1968). Rafferty was a conservative Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 1968, but was defeated. In the Republican primary that year, he shockingly defeated incumbent Senator Thomas H. Kuchel. Lightly toned and creased. Show-through touches signatures. Missing corner. Otherwise, fine condition.
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