Lot 81

John F. Kennedy Note with Pennsylvania Content 1957

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Pencil Note and Doodle on United States Senate stationery, dated September 4, 1957, with framed question Why Ike? (at the time President Eisenhower was in the middle of his second term), a series of geometric doodles, and the following names, Dave Lawrence-Pittsburgh, Joe Clark-Philadelphia, George Leader-York, with The PA Dems underlined underneath, sheet 10.5 x 8 inches. In 1957 David Lawrence was the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Joseph S. Clark Jr. (former mayor of Philadelphia) was a U. S. Senator from Pennsylvania, and George Leader was the Governor of Pennsylvania. This note shows that one year after his televised address before the 1956 Democratic National Convention, where he endorsed standard-bearer Adlai Stevenson, JFK was already working hard to garner key Pennsylvania support toward his run for the 1960 Democratic nomination. Provenance: from the personal papers of JFK's friend, Congressman Michael J. Kirwan (1886-1970); thence by gift to the current owner, a presidential historian.


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