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Lot # 1621 (of 1807)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1954 John F. Kennedy Signed Letter (McCarthy Cold War Content)

Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,133.00

One-page typed letter, dated April 8, 1954, signed by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), thirty-fifth President of the United States. In his letter, written on United States Senate letterhead, Kennedy responds to a Dr. Willard Dalrymple regarding a Senate appointment. In full: "Dear Dr. Dalrymple: Thank you for writing me of your interest in the appointment of Samuel Sears as counsel for the special Subcommittee to investigate the McCarthy-Army controversy. As you know, of course, Mr. Sears, after lengthy consultation with the Subcommittee members, has resigned as counsel. With every good wish, I am Sincerely yours, John Kennedy [signed]." Kennedy's signature has been scripted in black fountain pen and grades "9/10." The 1954 McCarthy-Army hearings, which took place between April 1954 and June 1954, sought to investigate the rival allegations of both Senator Joseph McCarthy, who claimed Communist infiltration of the Army, and Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens, who accused McCarthy of seeking preferential treatment for Private David Schine, a former McCarthy aide. Samuel Sears was quickly replaced as special counsel in the McCarthy-Army investigations by Ray Jenkins after it was discovered that Sears had been a vocal supporter of McCarthy in the past. The letter (6 x 8 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds and is otherwise in apparent Excellent to Mint condition. Matted and framed together with a recent print of Kennedy to total dimensions of 19.75 x 14.75 inches. Full LOA from PSA/DNA and LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,133.00

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