Ervin Jr., Sam J.

North Carolina’s “Senator Sam”, presided over Senate Watergate investigation

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(1896-1985) US Senator (D-NC) 1954-1974. Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, appointed in June 1954 to fill Senate seat of Clyde Hoey, who died in office. He won the seat in November 1954. He opposed forced desegregation by the federal government, on "states rights" grounds, but his strict construction of the Constitution also made him a liberal hero for his support of civil liberties, and opposition to "no knock" search laws, and the growing intrusions of data banks and lie-detector tests as invasions of privacy. In 1966, he played a major role in the defeat of a constitutional amendment to make prayer in public schools compulsory. He gained lasting fame through his stewardship of the 1974 Senate Select Committee to Investigate Campaign Practices, also known as the Senate Watergate Committee, after the 1972 presidential election. TLS on his 11 x 8 ½ personal Morganton, No. Carolina letterhead, February 7 1960, after his retirement from the Senate, to a Florida businessman. Ervin thanks him for “the many courtesies you extended to me at your recent convention”, and praises the attendees.

Condition: Very good, mail folds
Type:Letter






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