Bush, George H. W.


June 1980 TLS to a close friend and supporter, is resting in Maine before going to Detroit GOP convention – where he would be nominated at Reagan’s running mate!


Type: Letter
Description: (1924-2018) Texas US Rep, US Ambassador to China & UN, US VP 1981-89 (Reagan), President 1989-1993. Father of President George W. Bush (2001-09) and Florida governor and 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush.

On May 26, 1980, Bush conceded the GOP 1980 presidential nomination to Ronald Reagan.  Less than 24 hours before Reagan formally accepted the Republican nomination at the GOP’s Detroit convention, he telephoned Bush to inform him of his intention to nominate him. The next day, July 17, the final day of the Republican National Convention, Reagan officially announced Bush as his running mate.

Good content TLS on his thin blue-bordered white Houston office notecard, Kennebunkport, Maine, June 21, 1980, adds “Barnee” as recipient in his hand. Barnee’s letter has caught up with Bush in Maine, he and wife Barbara are getting some rest, before going to Detroit for the (Republican) convention. He ends with: “We hated to lose, but we came a long, long way thanks to supporters like you. The future will be full and exciting. [signed] George”. In postscript, he adds: “Thanks my friend!

BARNEE BREESKIN (1910-1989) 1930-56 orchestra leader at the famous Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room. In 1938, he wrote and obtained the copyright for the music for “Hail to the Redskins”, the former Washington football team’s fight song. Breeskin was associated with the “Redskins” since the team moved from Boston in 1937. He led the “Redskin Wigwam Band” which played in a teepee high above old Griffith Stadium and was the team’s director of entertainment 1938-52. A long-time Washington PR executive, he led the Washington “Tent” (chapter) of the Circus Saints & Sinners Club of America, Inc., a national organization that raises money for local charities, up to his death.

Condition: Very Good

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