John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed as president. Two pages, 6.75" x 10", on White House letterhead, Washington, January 5, 1962, to Stuart List of the afternoon newspaper Chicago's American. Kennedy, shortly after his time in the service as a naval officer during the Second World War, worked as a reporter for the Herald-American (which, after two successive name changes, became Chicago's American in 1959).Here, Kennedy congratulates List on the paper's new home and for the job the American, and newspapers around the country, does in disseminating information to the public. In full:

    "It is with pleasure that I send congratulations to Chicago's American on the dedication of its new building. This structure, and the modern plant it houses is eloquent testimony to the strength and prosperity of our free press. We can all feel pride in the skill, intelligence and resourcefulness of the publishers, writers, editors, and the many thousands who are responsible for producing our nation's newspapers each day. With the vast freedom enjoyed by the press of this country has come a great responsibility to the public, a responsibility which cannot be minimized. To carry out this responsibility, the press must constantly exert every effort to present to the American people full and factual information. The history of our nation is a tribute to an informed citizenry - one which is capable of making rapid strides in progress at home and able to rally in times of world crises. The complexity of world problems today makes it imperative that we are well informed and understand our role in world affairs. I am grateful to Chicago's American for the role it has played in helping to inform the people. It is my hope that it will continue to disseminate information wisely and with full awareness of the responsibility and opportunity which it has."

    Matted and framed to an overall size of 20.5" x 16".

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