Anderson, John B.
TLS from the 1980 independent presidential candidate thanking contributors
Autograph ID: 4996
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1922-2017) Liberal GOP Ill. US Rep. 1961-81, Chairman of the House Republican Conference 1969. Entered 1980 GOP presidential primary race against Bush and Reagan but dropped out for independent run in fall election with former Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Patrick J. Lucey as his running mate on the National Unity Party ticket. Received 6 million votes, 7% of the popular vote but did not carry a single precinct in the country. As a major third-party contender, he appealed to the public’s dissatisfaction with incumbent president Jimmy Carter, and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan. Anderson was the first third-party candidate to participate in televised presidential debates. Since that time, only one other third-party candidate, H. Ross Perot in 1992, has been included in presidential debates.
TLS on 11 x 8 Â½ red “National Unity Committee/John Anderson” letterhead, Washington, December 13 1982, to Connecticut contributors thanking them for helping to “…pursue ideas and alternative programs so important to our country’s future.” With handwritten initialed postscript sending holiday wishes.”