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    Very Historic Handwritten Political Letter from Jimmy Carter to Andrew Young Longhand letters by recent Presidents are few and far between even with mundane subject matter, but this is an example of great significance. In the summer of 1975, Carter was still a virtually unknown southern governor, still a year away from the Presidential nomination. But this letter makes apparent his national ambition. It clearly reflects his desire to widen his circle of connections in Washington, with the help of fellow Georgian and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young (later to be named Carter's United Nations Ambassador). Because of his visibility in the Civil Rights movement, Young had Washington access which he was sharing with the ambitious governor. On July 11, 1975, Carter writes to Young, "I enjoyed being with you and really appreciate the tremendous help you gave me on my trip to Washington. Just being with you was a fine boost. I was able to see about 50 members of Congress (and their staffs), & the visits were all pleasant & productive." In a transparent attempt to ingratiate himself with Young, he continues, "My favorite was Shirley Chisholm, who gave me some excellent advice & encouragement. Tomorrow morning I'm off to Missouri and Illinois." (He was going for more behind-the-scenes politicking.) "Thanks again for your friendship. Jimmy." This letter sheds important light on Carter, the ambitious politician in the early stages of his systematic effort to project himself onto the national stage! Two pages, each 5.5" x 8.5". Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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