STROM THURMOND - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/10/1981 - HFSID 79225
STROM THURMOND. Typed Letter signed: "Strom Thurmond", 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead as Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Washington, D.C., 1981 March 10.
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STROM THURMOND. Typed Letter signed: "Strom Thurmond", 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead as Chairman of the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Washington, D.C., 1981 March 10. To Herman Goldberg, Acting Assistant Secretary, Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education, Washington, D.C. In full: "Please note the attached correspondence I have recently received from one of my constituents concerning Federal guidelines restricting the vocational rehabilitation program. This is a matter about which the Director of South Carolina's Department of Vocational Rehabilitation has expressed concerns on several occasions. He feels that removal of some of the existing Federal requirements would enable the State agencies to do a better job with the limited resources available. I would appreciate your looking into this matter and providing me with a report of your findings in order that I can better respond to my constituents. Thank you for your attention to this request, and with kindest regards and best wishes." Thurmond, a World War II veteran awarded five battle stars and seventeen decorations, medals and awards, was Governor of South Carolina from 1947-1951. In 1948 he was the States' Rights (Dixiecrat) candidate for President of the United States. Thurmond won 39 electoral votes and four southern states. On November 3, 1954 he became the only U.S. Senator ever elected as a write-in candidate. He served in the U.S. Senate from December 24, 1954 to April 4, 1956 and since November 7, 1956. On September 17, 1964, Thurmond switched parties from Democrat to Republican. When he retired on January 3, 2003, 29 days after his 100th birthday, he was the oldest person ever to serve in Congress and the longest-serving member in the Senate. The timing of this letter is significant. Ronald Reagan had just been elected President, and the Republican Party had just assumed control of the U.S. Senate (although not the House) for the first time in 22 years. It was an opportune moment for Senator Thurmond, once the "states rights" candidate for President, to press for a reduction in federal regulations. Slightly creased. Horizontal fold passes through signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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