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Auction archive: Lot number 218

KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD, President . Autograph manuscript, as Senator, [n.d.], notes for a speech delivered on 30 April 1957. 2 pages, 8vo, on plain stationery .

Auction 09.06.1993
9 Jun 1993
Estimate
US$2,500 - US$3,500
Price realised:
US$2,300
Auction archive: Lot number 218

KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD, President . Autograph manuscript, as Senator, [n.d.], notes for a speech delivered on 30 April 1957. 2 pages, 8vo, on plain stationery .

Auction 09.06.1993
9 Jun 1993
Estimate
US$2,500 - US$3,500
Price realised:
US$2,300
Beschreibung:

KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD, President . Autograph manuscript, as Senator, [n.d.], notes for a speech delivered on 30 April 1957. 2 pages, 8vo, on plain stationery . KENNEDY CONSIDERS CLAY In the mid-fifties Kennedy led a Senatorial committee to select five outstanding past Speakers of the House, whose portraits were to hang in the Senate reception room. It took the panel two years to reach a decision, which was announced in a speech delivered by JFK on April 30, 1957. The present manuscript consists of two pages from Kennedy's rough notes for the passage of the speech concerning the abolitionist Henry Clay, one of the chosen Speakers: "The Comm[ittee] has met and made its final selections and I read you their names in order of seniority in Senate service. Henry Clay of K[entucky]. He comes first from point of service...Henry Clay was an extraordinarily gifted political figure. He would not only be one among many but of the 5 greatest Speakers of the House of Rep[resentatives] over which he presided with skill & judgement. He was an Asst. Secy. of State. He was a dominant party leader. He was a brilliant orator whose effectiveness was heightened by extraordinary activity and a unique gift of warming the hearts of his country men. Lincoln called him best ideal of statesman." In the chapter on Daniel Webster in Profiles in Courage , Kennedy describes Henry Clay's efforts to arrive at a compromise between the slave states and the North, calling him "one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history...bold, autocratic and magnetic, fiery in manner with a charm so compelling that an opponent once declined a meeting which would subject him to [Clay's] charm... [He] reveled in a love for life, and had a matchless gift for winning and holding the hearts of his fellow-countrymen--and women..." (pp. 59-65). Kennedy may have sensed a certain affinity with a man of such talents, who at thirty-five was moreover the youngest Senator ever to be elected Speaker. (JFK was already 36 when he became Senator in 1953).

Auction archive: Lot number 218
Auction:
Datum:
9 Jun 1993
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
Beschreibung:

KENNEDY, JOHN FITZGERALD, President . Autograph manuscript, as Senator, [n.d.], notes for a speech delivered on 30 April 1957. 2 pages, 8vo, on plain stationery . KENNEDY CONSIDERS CLAY In the mid-fifties Kennedy led a Senatorial committee to select five outstanding past Speakers of the House, whose portraits were to hang in the Senate reception room. It took the panel two years to reach a decision, which was announced in a speech delivered by JFK on April 30, 1957. The present manuscript consists of two pages from Kennedy's rough notes for the passage of the speech concerning the abolitionist Henry Clay, one of the chosen Speakers: "The Comm[ittee] has met and made its final selections and I read you their names in order of seniority in Senate service. Henry Clay of K[entucky]. He comes first from point of service...Henry Clay was an extraordinarily gifted political figure. He would not only be one among many but of the 5 greatest Speakers of the House of Rep[resentatives] over which he presided with skill & judgement. He was an Asst. Secy. of State. He was a dominant party leader. He was a brilliant orator whose effectiveness was heightened by extraordinary activity and a unique gift of warming the hearts of his country men. Lincoln called him best ideal of statesman." In the chapter on Daniel Webster in Profiles in Courage , Kennedy describes Henry Clay's efforts to arrive at a compromise between the slave states and the North, calling him "one of the most extraordinary figures in American political history...bold, autocratic and magnetic, fiery in manner with a charm so compelling that an opponent once declined a meeting which would subject him to [Clay's] charm... [He] reveled in a love for life, and had a matchless gift for winning and holding the hearts of his fellow-countrymen--and women..." (pp. 59-65). Kennedy may have sensed a certain affinity with a man of such talents, who at thirty-five was moreover the youngest Senator ever to be elected Speaker. (JFK was already 36 when he became Senator in 1953).

Auction archive: Lot number 218
Auction:
Datum:
9 Jun 1993
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
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