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SEYMOUR HALPERN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/30/1969 - HFSID 34467

He signed this letter, typed on his personalized U. S. House of Representatives letterhead in 1969, to accept an invitation from a student to speak at an assembly. Halpern was a rare - and popular - Republican in Democrat-dominated New York politics.

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SEYMOUR HALPERN
He signed this letter, typed on his personalized U. S. House of Representatives letterhead in 1969, to accept an invitation from a student to speak at an assembly. Halpern was a rare - and popular - Republican in Democrat-dominated New York politics.
Typed letter signed "Sy Halpern" in blue ink. 1 page, 7¾x10¼, on Halpern's personalized U. S. House of Representatives letterhead. Jan. 30, 1969. Addressed to Miss Barbara Kornblau, Bayside, New York. In full: "Dear Barbara: How can I refuse a request when it is put in such and eloquent invitation? I shall be delighted to visit your school and address your assembly on whose behalf you have so graciously invited me. I would love to meet with you prior to the meeting so that we can discuss what subjects you would suggest that would be of interest to your school-mates, how long the talk should be and all the details as to date and time. If you well telephone my district office, [phone number withheld], and if I should not happen to be there, the girl in my office will arrange a mu-tually convenient time for us to meet, preferably on a Saturday when I am home from Washington. I am flattered to be asked for an autographed picture of myself for the school collection and I am delighted to enclose one herewith [not included]. Looking forward to meeting you and with all my best wishes to you, I am, Most sincerely, Seymour Halpern". Halpern (1913-1997) was U. S. Representative from New York (4th District, 1959-1963; 6th District, 1963-1973), as well as a member of the New York state senate (1941-1944 and 1945-1954). His political career is all the more remarkable because Halpern was a Republican at a time when Democrats dominated New York politics; in fact, Halpern became the lone Republican in the state's House of Representatives delegation near the end of his career. Needless to say, he was an unusually liberal Republican who was supported by labor unions and was even endorsed by the Liberal Party. Halpern also kept his seat with keeping detailed and often headline-grabbing attention to his constituents. These included posing as the relative of a patient at Creedmoor State Hospital, during his state senate days, to investigate reports of horrific conditions there. Halpern had deep roots in New York City politics, serving as a staff assistant to Mayor Fiorello La Guardia in 1937 and as an assistant to the president of the New York City Council from 1938 to 1940. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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