PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 286216
As Governor of California, he declines an invitation from Senator Henry Bellmon to attend an event at Oklahoma State University.
Typed Letter signed: "Ron" as Governor, 1 page, 8½x11. Sacramento, California, 1970 January 22. On official Governor's letterhead to US Senator Henry Bellmon, Washington, D.C. In full: "Many thanks for your note regarding the Honors and Awards Banquet at the Oklahoma State University in March. I wish it were possible, but I expect to be deeply involved here in some appearances which just won't permit me to leave California. Again, I appreciate your note, Henry. Please express my regrets to Dr. O'Connor. Sincerely". 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). He was President of the Screen Actors Guld. 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). He hosted TV's Death Valley Days. During the failed Presidential campaign of Senator Barry Goldwater (1964), Reagan, a former Democrat, emerged as an eloquent spokesman for Goldwater and for the conservative cause. Elected Governor of California in 1966, he was reelected in 1970. (That re-election campaign gave Reagan additional incentive to focus on events in California during the year he signed this letter.) Setting his sites on the Presidency, Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican nomination, narrowly losing a contest which wasn't decided until the Convention. He was elected President in 1980 and was reelected in 1984, defeating incumbent Jimmy Carter, and four years later Carter's VP, Walter Mondale. While Reagan was never without his critics, he had two undisputed achievements as President: moving the conservative message and program to the center of American politics; and helping to set in motion the collapse of the Soviet system which he had called "the evil empire." After leaving office in 1989, he wrote his second autobiography, An American Life. His final years were a valiant struggle against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. Multiple pencil notes (unknown hand). Fine condition.
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