ROBERT F. KENNEDY - PROGRAM SIGNED CIRCA 1964 - HFSID 49488
ROBERT F. KENNEDY. Program signed: "R F Kennedy" on front cover, 12p, 7x9¾. New York City, 1964 October 14. Program and menu for "The Annual/Alfred Emanuel Smith/Memorial Foundation Dinner/at the Waldorf Astoria". Illustration of Smith by Norman Rockwell on front cover.
Sale Price $595.00
ROBERT F. KENNEDY. Program signed: "R F Kennedy" on front cover, 12p, 7x9¾. New York City, 1964 October 14. Program and menu for "The Annual/Alfred Emanuel Smith/Memorial Foundation Dinner/at the Waldorf Astoria". Illustration of Smith by Norman Rockwell on front cover. Speakers included Charles H. Silver, Robert F. Wagner, the Mayor of New York, Nelson A. Rockefeller, the Governor of New York, and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Phyllis Curtin appeared as a guest soloist. Francis Cardinal Spellman was President of the Foundation. Less than three weeks after RFK signed this program, he defeated incumbent Republican Senator Kenneth Keating, who had served since 1959, to become U.S. Senator from New York. ROBERT FRANCIS "BOBBY" KENNEDY (1925-1968), the younger brother of John F. Kennedy, made a name for himself as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities in Labor or Management Field (1957-1960), investigating such labor leaders as Jimmy Hoffa. He left the office to successfully manage his brother John's successful presidential campaign in 1960. Named as his brother's Attorney General in 1961, Robert worked closely with JFK on such critical issues as the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Civil Rights movement. After JFK's assassination, he served as President Lyndon B. Johnson's Attorney General from 1963-1964. Elected as a U.S. Senator from New York in 1964, "Bobby" served from 1965 until he was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968, just moments after declaring victory in the California presidential primary. ALFRED E. SMITH (1873-1944) had served as Governor of New York from 1919-1921 and 1923-1929 and was the Democratic presidential candidate in the 1928 election, losing to Herbert Hoover. Smith was the first Catholic nominee of a major party for President; John F. Kennedy was the second. The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation awards approximately $1 million in grants annually to Catholic health and social projects and organizations. The fund-raising dinner, which is hosted by the archdiocese of New York, was originally attended by major New York political figures but has expanded in scope to feature national politicians and candidates (including both Al Gore and George W. Bush in 2000). Protective sheets precede all pages. Some pages slightly rippled. Pinhead-size stain on 1 page, light stain on verso of another. Fine condition.
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