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    [John F. Kennedy Assassination]: Warren Commission Report Signed by All Seven Commission Members to Congresswoman Edna Kelly. Report inscribed and signed to Congresswoman Edna Kelly of New York. It is signed by all members including Chairman Earl Warren, Richard B. Russell, John S. Cooper, Hale Boggs, Gerald R. Ford, Allen W. Dulles and John J. McCloy. After the Warren Commission had investigated the assassination of President Kennedy, they presented their conclusions to President Lyndon Johnson in this 888-page report about Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby, and the possibility that there was some kind of conspiracy. The report, bound in blue cloth with the presidential seal in gilt lettering on the front board, is officially entitled Report of the President's Commission on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1964).

    While riding through the streets of Dallas in the topless presidential limousine at 12:30 p.m. on November 22, 1963, the forty-six-year-old President Kennedy, sitting beside Jacqueline, was hit by two bullets. He was pronounced dead at a Dallas hospital thirty minutes later. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested one hour later, but the situation became complicated when Jack Ruby, armed with a Colt Cobra .38 Special, shot and killed Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Headquarters on November 24. Needing answers, President Johnson established the Warren Commission on November 29 to "evaluate all the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin and to report its findings and conclusions to him [page ix]."

    During the extensive investigation, 552 witnesses were questioned and 3,100 exhibits were viewed. On several occasions, commission members travelled to Dallas to visit the scene of the assassination. Finally, after the lengthy hearings had been held, this final report was presented to President Johnson on September 24, 1964, and then to the public on September 27. In the conclusion, all seven Commission members agreed that all shots that hit the president and Governor John Connally "were fired by Lee Harvey Oswald [page 18]," and that Jack Ruby "entered the basement of the Dallas Police Department shortly after 11:17 a.m. and killed Lee Harvey Oswald at 11:21 a.m. [page 21]." The Commission also found "no evidence that either Lee Harvey Oswald or Jack Ruby were part of any conspiracy, domestic or foreign, to assassinate President Kennedy [page 21]." Through the years, these conclusions have been controversial.

    Each member has inscribed and signed the volume to Representative Edna Kelly or New York. Throughout her 19-year career in the House, Kelly was recognized for her expertise in foreign affairs, serving as the chair of the Subcommittee on Europe and retiring from Congress as the third ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. During her tenure, Kelly was responsible for measures that settled displaced people after WWII and refugees for Russia and Eastern Europe. Kelly can also be credited with promoting the first equal pay for equal work bill, which she introduced in 1951. It was a landmark effort, which established a new era in the fight for women's equality. She was in attendance when President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law June 10, 1963.

    The volume has light typical wear with some minor bumps to the corners. These is some very light damp staining to the fore and bottom edge, and does not affect interior pages. Overall a near fine example.


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