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#23 - John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed Estimate: $5,000+

President Kennedy thanks a Congresswoman for "bringing me the Crucifix the other morning"

TLS as president signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, October 8, 1962. Letter to the Hon. Corinne Boyd Riley, a representative from South Carolina. In full: "As you know, I was particularly pleased by your thoughtfulness in bringing me the Crucifix the other morning during the coffee hour. However, I wanted you to have this note conveying my thanks and appreciation." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original White House transmittal envelope.

Although much was made of his Catholic faith by opponents, John F. Kennedy largely downplayed his religion during his campaign and presidency—this is the only presidential letter we have been able to locate with a specific allusion to his Catholicism. Though herself a Methodist, Congresswoman Riley decided to honor Kennedy's Catholic faith by presenting him with a Crucifix. The Cuban Missile Crisis began eight days later, and President Kennedy would need to rely on his faith to see him through the tense confrontation.

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