|The pictures show views of the Signed 1961 President John F. Kennedy Letter With Envelope in this lot. The first picture shows the entire letter. The back is blank. The second picture shows a closer view of the signature. The third picture shows the envelope or cover. This letter was found in the envelope, hidden in the clean out contents of a Massachusetts home.|
The typed letter is signed. The only question is if it is John F. Kennedy's hand signed autograph or if the signature was made with an autopen. We do not know and we are not autograph experts. You will need to judge or decide for yourself from the clear images provided below. Please keep in mind that we are not selling or mailing this letter on approval. In either case, the letter is still a piece of History and worthy to be in any Americana, Presidential, or John F. Kennedy collection.
The letter was written on January 19th, 1961, the day before Kennedy was sworn into the President office. It was mailed and postmarked on February 1st, 1961 in Washington, D.C. and mailed to apparently a campaign worker at an Arlington, Massachusetts address.
The letter is on U.S. Senate letterhead (with matching cover) and it reads as follows:
UNITED STATES SENATE
January 19, 1961
Dear Mrs. Croah,
I hope that these few lines will convey my warm appreciation for your efforts during the campaign.
I am most grateful for the splendid enthusiasm of my associates. I am only sorry that I have not been able to personally thank you for the excellent work which you performed on behalf of the Democratic ticket.
Without your unrelenting efforts and loyalty victory would not have been possible last November 8th.
With all good wishes, I am
John F. Kennedy
The letter measures 6-1/8'' x 8-1/8'' and the envelope measures 6-3/8'' x 4-3/8''. The letter appears to be in excellent or better condition with a fold for mailing as made, and some small bumps in the paper. The envelope has light wear and scuff marks from mailing and/or storage as pictured.
Below here, for reference, is some additional information about John F. Kennedy:
John F. Kennedy
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
35th President of the United States
In office: January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963
Vice President: Lyndon B. Johnson
Preceded by: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Succeeded by: Lyndon B. Johnson
United States Senator from Massachusetts
In office: January 3, 1953 - December 22, 1960
Preceded by: Henry Cabot Lodge Jr.
Succeeded by: Benjamin A. Smith II
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts’s 11th district
In office: January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1953
Preceded by: James Michael Curley
Succeeded by: Tip O’Neill
Born: John Fitzgerald Kennedy on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 22, 1963 (aged 46) in Dallas, Texas, United States
Cause of death: Assassination (gunshot wound to the head)
Resting place: Arlington National Cemetery
Political party: Democratic
Spouse: Jacqueline Bouvier (m. 1953)
Children: Arabella, Caroline, John Jr., Patrick
Parents: Joseph P. Kennedy Sr.& Rose Fitzgerald
Education: Harvard University (AB)
Allegiance: United States
Branch / Service: United States Navy
Years of service: 1941 - 1945
Rank: U.S. Navy O3 Lieutenant
Unit: Motor Torpedo Squadron 2, Patrol Torpedo Boat 109, Patrol Torpedo Boat 59
Battles / Wars: World War II, Solomon Islands campaign
Awards: Navy and Marine Corps Medal, Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal,
American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 3 service stars), World War II Victory Medal
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963), often referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his work as president concerned relations with the Soviet Union and Cuba. A Democrat, Kennedy represented Massachusetts in both houses of the U.S. Congress prior to becoming president.
Kennedy was born into a wealthy, political family in Brookline, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1940, before joining the United States Naval Reserve the following year. During World War II, he commanded a series of PT boats in the Pacific theater and earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his service. After a brief stint in journalism, Kennedy represented a working class Boston district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1947 to 1953. He was subsequently elected to the U.S. Senate and served as the junior senator for Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960. While in the Senate, Kennedy published his book, Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize. In the 1960 presidential election, he narrowly defeated Republican opponent Richard Nixon, who was the incumbent vice president. Kennedy’s humor, charm, and youth in addition to his father’s money and contacts were great assets in the campaign. Kennedy’s campaign gained momentum after the first televised presidential debates in American history. Kennedy was the first Catholic elected president.
Kennedy’s administration included high tensions with communist states in the Cold War. As a result, he increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam. The Strategic Hamlet Program began in Vietnam during his presidency. In April 1961, he authorized an attempt to overthrow the Cuban government of Fidel Castro in the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. Kennedy authorized the Cuban Project in November 1961. He rejected Operation Northwoods (plans for false flag attacks to gain approval for a war against Cuba) in March 1962. However, his administration continued to plan for an invasion of Cuba in the summer of 1962. The following October, U.S. spy planes discovered Soviet missile bases had been deployed in Cuba; the resulting period of tensions, termed the Cuban Missile Crisis, nearly resulted in the breakout of a global thermonuclear conflict. He also signed the first nuclear weapons treaty in October 1963. Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress with Latin America, and the continuation of the Apollo space program with the goal of landing a man on the Moon. He also supported the civil rights movement, but was only somewhat successful in passing his New Frontier domestic policies.
On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson assumed the presidency upon Kennedy’s death. Marxist and former U.S. Marine Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested for the state crime, but he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby two days later. The FBI and the Warren Commission both concluded Oswald had acted alone in the assassination, but various groups contested the Warren Report and believed that Kennedy was the victim of a conspiracy. After Kennedy’s death, Congress enacted many of his proposals, including the Civil Rights Act and the Revenue Act of 1964. Despite his truncated presidency, Kennedy ranks highly in polls of U.S. presidents with historians and the general public. His personal life has also been the focus of considerable sustained interest following public revelations in the 1970s of his chronic health ailments and extramarital affairs. Kennedy was the last U.S. President to have been assassinated as well as the last U.S. president to die in office.