WAYNE MORSE - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 02/18/1972 - HFSID 34656
WAYNE MORSE. Maverick Senator who voted against Tonkin Gulf Resolution Autograph Note signed: "Wayne Morse", 1p, 6¾x9. Unsigned, captioned newspaper photo (b/w, 2½x3¼) affixed at bottom. No place, 1972 February 18. To George Sanders.
Sale Price $108.00
Maverick Senator who voted against Tonkin Gulf Resolution
Autograph Note signed: "Wayne Morse", 1p, 6¾x9. Unsigned, captioned newspaper photo (b/w, 2½x3¼) affixed at bottom. No place, 1972 February 18. To George Sanders. In full: "I shall always appreciate your fairness and your work as a very reliable educator on the air. Best of luck always." Wayne Morse (1900-1974) represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate (1945-1969). First elected as a Republican, Morse quit the Party in 1952 to protest Richard Nixon's selection as its Vice Presidential candidate. After an interval as an Independent, he won his last two terms as a Democrat. In 1953, Morse set a record for the longest one-man filibuster in Senate history, speaking continuously for 22 hours and 26 minutes to block action on proposed oil legislation (His record was later beaten by Senator Strom Thurmond's 1957 filibuster of a civil rights bill.) In 1964, Morse was one of only two members of the U.S. Congress to vote against the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, a broad authorization for President Lyndon Johnson to use force in Vietnam. Both Johnson and his successor, Richard Nixon, claimed that the resolution gave them the authority to wage war in Southeast Asia without a formal Congressional Declaration of War. Morse lost his bid for a fifth term to Robert Packwood (by only 3,000 votes) in 1968. Congress repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1973. Morse was campaigning again for a Senate seat when he died. Slightly frayed left edge. Otherwise, fine condition.
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