Carter, Rosalynn


TLS during the 1984 Democratic Convention, regarding her autobiography “First Lady from Plains”


Type: Letter
Description: (1926-2023) 1st Lady 1977-81, m. Jimmy Carter 1946. She was politically active during her White House years, sitting in on Cabinet and policy meetings as well as serving as her husband’s closest adviser. She has for decades been a leading advocate for numerous causes, most prominently for mental health research. She also served as an envoy abroad, most notably to Latin America. In 1982, she co-founded The Carter Center, a private, not-for-profit institution in Atlanta. She is president of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern University, her alma mater. On Oct. 5, 2002, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY, the 3rd First Lady ever inducted. In 1999, Rosalynn and Jimmy Carter received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Her autobiography, “First Lady from Plains”, was published in 1984.

TLS on blue printed “Rosalynn Carter” 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 letterhead, no (Atlanta), July 18 1984, to New Jersey Democrat Neil Carter. Mrs. Carter thanks him for his letter and kind words about her book, adding: “Your friendship means a great deal to Jimmy and me, and he joins me in sending you our best wishes.” With red “Jimmy Carter” printed frank and envelope postmarked July 23rd.

The 1984 Democratic National Convention was held in San Francisco July 16-19. It selected Walter Mondale for president and Geraldine Ferraro for vice president, the ticket crushed by Pesident Reagan & Vice President Bush. For the 1st national convention of his post-presidency, Jimmy Carter was offered prominent seating, but not much else as Democrats weren’t eager to showcase the man voters had rejected in the last election. “In 1984, I was very unpopular with the Democratic Party,” Carter noted years later: “I had committed the unforgivable sin of losing.””

Condition: Very good

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