Lot 68: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 22.75 x 18.75, June 1, 1964. President Johnson appoints William H. Perkins, Jr., of Illinois as "a Member of the Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution for a term of six years." Signed at the conclusion by President Johnson and countersigned by Acting Secretary of State George W. Ball. The embossed white paper seal affixed to the lower left remains fully intact. Affixed to a same-size mount. In fine condition, with lightly toned and trimmed edges, a bit of soiling, and portions of signatures just a shade light. Perkins, a lifelong lobbyist, had served on the presidential inaugural committees for the 1961 and 1965 inaugurations of President Kennedy and Johnson. He was reappointed to the Smithsonian's board by Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan, serving on it until 1982. Johnson presidential appointments are exceedingly scarce as the great majority were signed with autopen; as an appointment associated with two of America's greatest institutions—the Smithsonian and the Armed Forces—this is a particularly noteworthy example.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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