ROBERT C. BYRD - INSCRIBED SPEECH SIGNED CIRCA 1994 - HFSID 266271
Sale Price $531.25
Framed, printed page of the Congressional Record containing a fulsome tribute to fellow Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, with Byrd's handwritten inscription to Moynihan on the back of the 15x20 frame.
Inscribed Speech signed: "To Pat Moynihan/from his old plebeian/friend/Robert C. Byrd", 1p, 8x13, framed to 15½x20. Signed on verso of frame. Excerpt from the "Congressional Record", 103rd Congress, 1994 August 25. Remarks titled "Tara's Son on the Banks of the Potomac," originally delivered August 18. Printed text in part: "During his long, varied, colorful, and distinguished career, Senator MOYNIHAN has been a stevedore, a college professor, a bartender, an ambassador, a subcabinet member, and a United States Senator. Senator MOYNIHAN has served executive branch roles under both Democratic and Republican Presidents. Even as a working, serving Senator, PATRICK MOYNIHAN still contributed significantly to national scholarship with his articles and his informed speeches. His ineffable serenity and obstinate veracity of vision have more than once probed through the mists of the future to foresee coming problems and to suggest solutions which, after time's pages have been turned, proved to be correct and wise." Robert C. Byrd (1917-2010) represented West Virginia in the U.S. Senate from 1959 until his death in 2010 - he was the longest serving member of the United States Congress in history. He has served as Majority Leader (1977-1980, 1987-1988), Minority Leader (1981-1986) and President Pro Tempore of the Senate (third in line for the Presidency, 1989-1995). Between 1989 and 2009, whenever the Democratic Party held a majority, Byrd chaired the power Appropriations Committee. He had clout on other important committees too: Armed Services, Rules and Budget. A master of parliamentary procedures, Byrd knew just how to exploit arcane Senate rules to achieve his goals and stymie opponents. A conservative when first elected, Byrd moved gradually to the left during his Senate tenure. The Americans for Democratic Action, whose scores on Senate voting records are a good measure of liberalism, had rated Byrd at 16% in 1964 (when he filibustered civil rights legislation), rising to 95% in 2005. Byrd was the last surviving Senator to have voted to admit a new State to the Union. Fourteen of his colleagues had not even been born when Robert Byrd entered the Senate. Not framed in the Gallery of History style. Numbered labels affixed on verso, below inscription. Paper thinned at several points where labels were removed. Transparent tape remnant at upper right verso. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed, not in Gallery of History style.Not reviewed by us for conservation integrity. "As is" framing purchase.
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