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    Lyndon Johnson and Jacqueline Kennedy: An Important Archive of Letters Regarding Daniel Patrick Moynihan's Book. A 10pp archive containing one letter from Lyndon B. Johnson and eight letters from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis regarding Daniel Patrick Moynihan's book on Pennsylvania Avenue. The thirty-sixth President (1963-1969), Johnson was a Congressman from Texas even during his WWII Naval service, where he won a Silver Star. He was elected Senator by 87 votes, and rose to majority leader, earning a reputation as a domineering figure and crafty legislator. Selected as Kennedy's running mate, he became President after the assasination. He signed two major civil rights laws and began the progressive Great Society Program, which include Head Start and Job Corps. He escalated the Vietnam War, leading to student protest and the "credibility gap". Declining to run in 1968, he retired to his Texas ranch where he died a few years later.

    The archive contains four typed letters signed by Jackie, one typed letter signed by President Johnson and one autographed letter signed by Jackie. Five of the letters are to Daniel Patrick Moynihan and one TLS to Liz (Moynihan's wife?)

    A Lyndon B. Johnson typed letter signed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan dated Dec. 4, 1968 on mint green White House stationery reads in full, "Dear Pat: Thank you for your letter about Pennsylvania Avenue. I will keep your suggestion in mind when I get down to work on my message to Congress. As you know we were unable to get the authorization bill for the Commission's work, we have improved the prospects for Pennsylvania Avenue. That is something to be thankful for. I appreciate your welcome as I return to teaching. With kind regards, sincerely, Lyndon B. Johnson."

    A two pp ALS from Jackie Kennedy Onassis dated June 18, 1970 on light blue stationery from Vasssileous Georgiou 37 Athens. The letter reads in full, " Dear Pat- I was so touched by your letter and your writing to me on May 29th. I often wondered what happened to all the hopes or Pennsylvania Avenue- I decided they had just frizzled away. It makes me so happy to know they are in your domain-If anyone can make them materialize-it will be you. Your book on Pennsylvania Avenue also just came and I will read it with greatest interest. I miss seeing you when I go to Cambridge-but I'm very glad to know that you are where you are. Thank you, dear Pat. Affectionately, Jackie."

    A 1 p TLS from Jackie dated May 5, 1972 on her 1040 Fifth Avenue stationery reads in part, " You are the one who realized with all your heart how much President Kennedy's vision of Pennsylvania Avenue meant to him. And, all these years you have given your devotion and energy to his dream. I hope you know that his children and I will always be grateful for what you have accomplished".

    A 1 pp TLS from Jackie dated October 31, 1972 on 1040 Fifth Avenue stationery to Daniel Moynihan's wife, Liz and reads in part, " How very proud you must be of Pat and the incredibly fine job he did for Pennsylvania Avenue. I know a great deal of his heart and energy went into this project and that he is the one responsible for the final outcome. It does make me so happy".

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan instigated the redesigning of Pennsylvania Avenue after Kennedy's inaugural parade. Moynihan did not like the dilapidated buildings and seedy shops lining the most prestigious Avenue. The rejuvenation of Pennsylvania Avenue started during the Kennedy administration while Moynihan was Chairman of Public Works.Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.


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