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WAYNE MORSE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/31/1945 - HFSID 293649

WAYNE MORSE The U.S. Senator from Oregon signs a letter to Ralph E. Ward for his collection. Typed Letter signed: "Wayne Morse" as U.S. Senator, 1 page, 5¼x8. Washington, D.C., 1945 July 31. On United States Senate memorandum letterhead addressed to Mr.

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WAYNE MORSE
The U.S. Senator from Oregon signs a letter to Ralph E. Ward for his collection.
Typed Letter signed: "Wayne Morse" as U.S. Senator, 1 page, 5¼x8. Washington, D.C., 1945 July 31. On United States Senate memorandum letterhead addressed to Mr. Ralph Errington Ward, Washington, D.C. In full: "Dear Mr. Ward: I am very happy to comply with your request of July 29, for my autograph, which is appended hereto. With my kindest regards, Sincerely yours," Affixed to an 8½x11 page with transmittal envelope with Morse's ink stamped frank (3 surfaces). 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 Congress repealed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1973.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. From the collection Ralph Errington Ward (1926-2009) a fighter pilot and squadron commander in the China-Burma-India Theater of World War II. Ward became President and CEO of Cheseborough-Ponds, Inc., transforming the cosmetics firm into a major home product conglomerate. Adhesive residue on verso (affixing letter and envelope to page). Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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