Muskie, Edmund S.

1971 TLS to former Treasury Secretary Fowler, gathering support for his 1972 doomed run for the Democratic presidential nomination

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(1914-1986) Maine US Senator 1959-80, 1968 VP candidate with Humphrey, 1972 presidential hopeful, Secretary of State 1980-81 (Carter). Prior to the 1972 New Hampshire primary, the so-called "Canuck letter" was published in the Manchester Union-Leader. The letter claimed Muskie had made disparaging remarks about French-Canadians, a remark likely to injure Muskie's support among the French-American population in northern New England. Later, the paper published an attack on Muskie's wife Jane, reporting that she drank and used off-color language during the campaign. Muskie made an emotional defense of his wife in a speech outside the newspaper's offices during a snowstorm. Though Muskie later stated that what had appeared to the press as tears were actually melted snowflakes, the press reported that Muskie broke down and cried, shattering the candidate's image as calm and reasoned. During the Watergate scandal investigation, FBI investigators revealed that the Canuck Letter was a forged document as part of a dirty-tricks campaign against Democrats orchestrated by the Nixon campaign. TLS "Ed", on 10 ˝ x 8 personal US Senate letterhead, Wshington, June 26 1971, to Henry H. Fowler, Goldman, Sachs & Co., NYC. Muskie and wife Jane enjoyed seeing Fowler at Arthur Krim’s dinner, the Muskies do not very often get to spend an evening with old friends, hopes they can stay in touch and that Fowler will free to call Muskie “as things develop”. Likely written in anticipation of his 1972 run for the presidency. HENRY H. "JOE" FOWLER (1908-2000). Graduate of Yale Law, joined TVA legal staff 1934 and assisted in preparation and successful conduct of the litigation over the TVA’s constitutionality. In 1939 he was TVA Assistant General Counsel. Treasury Under Secretary 1961-64, Secretary 1965-68. He was later a partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. ARTHUR KRIM (1910-1994) Former chairman of Eagle-Lion Films 1946-49, United Artists 1951-69), and Orion Pictures 1978-92). Krim was prominent in Democratic political circles, Democratic Party finance chairman 1966-68, a valued fund-raiser and trusted advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson & Carter.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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