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1954 Dwight D. Eisenhower Signed Letter: "The Times That Tried Men's Souls"
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $812.00
One-page typed letter signed by Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), thirty-fourth President of the United States. In his letter, dated February 17, 1954 and written on pale green official White House stationery, in offering thanks for a recent gift, Eisenhower mentions the Declaration of Independence and references Thomas Paine's famous quote "these are the times that try men's souls." He writes in full: "Dear Miss Reed: Thank you very much for your recent letter and for sending me the program of a play produced in 1858 -- and entitled 'The Declaration of Independence!' I was particularly intrigued by the subtitle of 'The Times That Tried Men's Souls.' It is an interesting and revealing commentary, and I am grateful for your thoughtful courtesy in sending it to me. With best wishes, Sincerely, Dwight D. Eisenhower [signed]." Eisenhower's signature has been penned in blue ink and grades a "9." Eisenhower was in his first term of office at the time of this letter, having defeated Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 Presidential election. A five-star general and the Supreme Allied Commander in World War II, Eisenhower eventually served two terms in office before being succeeded by John F. Kennedy in 1961. The letter (7 x 8 inches) has a horizontal mailing fold and is in overall Excellent condition. Accompanied by a stock official White House reply card (6 x 3.5 inches, Vg/Ex), bearing Eisenhower's facsimile signature, that reads "I deeply appreciate your kind message and assure you that this Administration will strive to prove worthy of your continued support and confidence." LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Total: 2 items (letter and reply card). Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $812.00
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