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ROBERT F. KENNEDY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 298260

ROBERT F. KENNEDY His handwritten note sent from Soviet Central Asia, during his tour there with US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1955. Autograph Note signed: "R", 1 page, 7¼x9½. Ashkabad [Turkmenistan, USSR], circa 1955.

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Condition: lightly creased, otherwise fine condition
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ROBERT F. KENNEDY
His handwritten note sent from Soviet Central Asia, during his tour there with US Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas in 1955.
Autograph Note signed: "R", 1 page, 7¼x9½. Ashkabad [Turkmenistan, USSR], circa 1955. On verso of postcard photo showing four young girls dancing. To "Teresa" [Kraus], in full: "This is the way you were 32 years ago. Here we are in Ashkabad still using Krasnorsk [sic, Krasnoyarsk] postcards. It was over 110 when we arrived at 6 PM. Hope you are keeping everyone in office happy. Love [signature] *Not too happy". Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968) was a US Senate staffer before managing brother John F. Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1960. Appointed Attorney General by JFK, he served in that office until elected US Senator from New York in 1964. He was assassinated on the night of his victory in the California Democratic Presidential Primary (June 1968). In 1955, Kennedy was working on the staff of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy when his father, Joseph Kennedy, prevailed on Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to take him along on a trip through Soviet Central Asia, one of the first visits by Westerners following the death of Josef Stalin. Douglas, a bitter opponent of Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts, was reluctant, but owed a favor to Joseph Kennedy, who had helped him secure a nomination to the Court. According to RFK biographer Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Douglas at first disliked Kennedy, but developed a grudging respect for his hard-driving nature and for the way he absorbed knowledge during the trip. One horizontal and one vertical fold. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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