Mondale, Walter; McCarthy, Eugene; LeVander, Harold

1970 Minnesota-related First Day Cover signed by Governor LeVander and Senators McCarthy & Mondale

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WALTER F. MONDALE (b.1928) 42nd US Vice President (1977–81) under President Carter, US Senator from Minnesota 1964-76), 1984 Democratic presidential candidate. A lawyer in Minneapolis, he was elected Attorney General in 1960 and appointed Senator in late 1964 on the resignation of Hubert Humphrey, and served to 1977. In the Senate, he supported fair housing, tax reform, and involvement in the Vietnam War. The Carter/Mondale ticket defeated incumbent President Gerald Ford. Carter & Mondale's term was marred by a worsening economy, and although both were re-nominated, they lost the 1980 election to Republicans Ronald Reagan & George H.W. Bush. In 1984, he won the Democratic presidential nomination and campaigned for a nuclear freeze, the Equal Rights Amendment, an increase in taxes, and a reduction of public debt. Mondale was defeated in one of the biggest landslides in US history by President Reagan, gaining electoral votes from only Minnesota & the District of Columbia. After the election, he joined the Minnesota-based law firm of Dorsey & Whitney and the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (1986–93). President Clinton appointed him Ambassador to Japan in 1993, retiring in 1996 and returning to Dorsey & Whitney. EUGENE McCARTHY (1916-2005) Minnesota Congressman (D) 1949-59, US Senator 1959-71. McCarthy unsuccessfully sought the presidency 5 times. In 1968, he was the 1st to challenge incumbent Lyndon Johnson for the Democratic nomination for President, running on an anti-Vietnam War platform. Anti-war college students and other activists from around the country went to New Hampshire to support his campaign. Those with the long-haired appearance of hippies cut their long hair and shaved their beards to campaign for McCarthy door-to-door, whicht led to the slogan "Get clean for Gene." When he scored 42% to Johnson's 49% in the popular vote (and 20 of 24 delegates to the Democratic convention) in New Hampshire on March 12 it was clear that deep division existed among Democrats on the war issue. On March 16 Robert Kennedy announced he would run, and on March 31, Johnson announced he would not seek reelection. Following that, McCarthy won in Wisconsin and Oregon. A number of those who joined McCarthy's effort early on urged him to drop out and support Kennedy. Kennedy took the California primary on June 4, but was shot after his victory speech in Los Angeles and died. Despite strong showings in several primaries (he won more votes than any other Democratic candidate), McCarthy garnered only 23% of the delegates at the 1968 Convention, and gave a lukewarm endorsement of Humphrey. McCarthy returned to the Senate, but declined to run for reelection in 1970.He ran for the Democratic nomination in 1972, but fared poorly in New Hampshire & Wisconsin and dropped out. After the 1972 campaign, he left the Democratic Party and ran as an Independent in 1976. He appeared on the ballot in 30 states and received 740,460 votes for 0.91% of the total vote finishing 3rd in the election. In 1988, his name appeared on the ballot as the presidential candidate of a handful of left-wing state parties and received 30,905 votes. In 1992, returning to the Democratic Party, he entered the New Hampshire primary but was excluded from the 1st and most important TV debate by moderator Tom Brokaw of NBC. He and other candidates excluded from the Democratic debates unsuccessfully took legal action to be included in the debates. HAROLD LeVANDER (1910-1992) 32nd Governor of Minnesota 1967-71 (R). After graduation from the University of Minnesota Law School he worked as assistant county attorney for Dakota County 1935-39. He worked for the law firm of Stassen & Ryan, South St. Paul, working with future Governor (1939–43) Harold Stassen and future Congressman (1935–41) Elmer Ryan in their law firm. During his term the first Minnesota sales tax was created. He favored "initiative and referendum" and vetoed two bills that did not contain it. He also created the Metropolitan Council, the state Pollution Control Agency, and the inaugural Human Rights Department. During his term, the legislature ratified the 26th Amendment, which lowered the minimum voting age nationwide to 18. In 1970, he declined to seek reelection, returning to his law practice and business interests, becoming a director of The St. Paul Companies (1973–81), the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (1974–81), and the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce (1975–78). 1970 3 ¾ x 6 ½ US 6c Great Northwest/1820 Fort Snelling 1970 commemorative stamp cacheted (generic) envelope postmarked “First Day of Issue,” Fort Snelling, minn., October 17 1970, and signed by Governor Harold LeVander and US Senators Eugene McCarthy & Walter F. Mondale.

Condition: Very good, slight water spot under part of “Walter”
Type:First Day Cover






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