Humphrey, Hubert H.


VP Humphrey sends Christmas & New Year greetings (and a modest gift) to a Washington pal


Autograph ID: 5327
Condition: Very good
Description: “(1911-1978) 38th US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson (1965-69), Minnesota US Senator 1949-64 & 197-78, 1968 Democratic Party nominee in the 1968 presidential election, losing to Richard Nixon. Humphrey helped found the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) in 1944, and served as Minneapolis mayor 1945-48. He was reelected and co-founded the liberal anti-Communist Americans for Democratic Action in 1947. He was elected to the Senate in 1948, the year his proposal of ending racial segregation was included in the platform at the Democratic National Convention, where he gave one of his most notable speeches, suggesting the Democratic Party “walk into the sunshine of human rights.” He served the Senate 1949-64 and was Democratic Majority Whip 1961-64. He was lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and introduced the first initiative to create the Peace Corps. He ran 2 campaigns for President in the 1952 & 1960 Democratic primaries. When LBJ assumed the Presidency after the assassination of President Kennedy, Humphrey was chosen by him as his running mate, and they won the 1964 election in a landslide. When Johnson announced he would not seek reelection in March 1968, Humphrey launched his campaign for the presidency, his main Democratic challengers were anti-Vietnam War Senators Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. Humphrey, loyal to the Administration’s policies on the Vietnam War as Vice President, was opposed by many in his own party and avoided the primaries to focus on winning delegates from non-primary states at the Democratic Convention. His strategy succeeded in clinching the nomination, and he chose Senator Edmund Muskie as his running mate. With the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy that year, and heightened opposition to the Vietnam War, the convention saw major protests which later proved costly to Humphrey’s campaign, and he lost to Richard Nixon in the election. He returned to teaching in Minnesota before returning to the Senate in 1971. He became the 1st Senate Deputy President pro tempore and served until his 1978 death from bladder cancer.

TLS “Hubert H.” on 9 x 7 blue printed “The Vice President/ Washington” letterhead, white embossed official seal at top left, December 13 1967, to Barnee Breeskin, Washington. Humphrey salutes “the priceless gift of friendship” at the holiday season, and is grateful for all Breeskin has done on his behalf, “but above all for your faith and trust.” He is sending Breeskin a “modest gift” along with his best wishes for Christmas and the New Year. “Hubert H.” was Humphrey’s signature for colleagues, friends and associates.

Barnee Breeskin (1910-1989) Led the orchestra at the Shoreham Hotel’s Blue Room 1930-56, in 1938 wrote the music for “Hail to the Redskins”, the Washington football team’s fight song. A long-time Washington public relations executive, Breeskin led the Washington “tent” (chapter) of the Circus Saints & Sinners Club of America, Inc., a national charitable organization that raises money for local charities.”
Type: Letter

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