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    Harry Truman Typed Letter Signed. Two pages, 7.25" x 10.5", on personal letterhead, Independence [Missouri], October 5, 1960. Excellent content letter in which the former president writes to Senator Lister Hill asking for him to help get John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson elected during the 1960 presidential election against Richard Nixon. In part:

    "This is an urgent plea that you do everything you possibly can to help the Democratic ticket and the Honorable John F. Kennedy and the Honorable Lyndon B. Johnson, the Democratic nominees for President and Vice President. Now, as never before, it seems to me, there is a need for us to submerge whatever difference may exist among us within our own Party and fight for a Democratic victory, National, State, and Local.

    "I simply do not believe that the United States can stand four more years of another Republican President in the White House. We have lost much ground in the last eight years under a Republican President - in foreign relations, in domestic affairs, in the national financial situation, in the agricultural situation and in general welfare. Another Republican Administration and a Republican President could only be expected to produce continued stagnation and a backward policy to continue an 1896 program and this is 1960. With Nixon in the White House, there will be a complete breakdown in the domestic and foreign affairs of our Government. I wonder if you want another 1929?

    "As you know, Jack Kennedy was not my first choice for the Presidential nomination. However, he is a very able young man, and in my opinion, a man of integrity and honor. These qualities I regard as essential in a President of the United States...From my veiwpoint [sic], there is much to be gained and nothing to be lost by working together and doing our best for the whole ticket. I will be campaigning...not because I want anything for myself, but because the country needs a leader in the White House...I ask you to join in all-out support of the Democratic ticket."

    Kennedy and Johnson won their bid for election. Nixon would win the office eight years later. Staple holes and paper clip indentation at upper left corner of both pages; smoothed folds.

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