Mansfield, Mike

1999 in-person signature of the highly respected former Senate Majority Leader and Ambassador to Japan

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(1903-2001) Montana Democratic politician and American diplomat. US Rep 1943–53 (succeeded Jeannette Rankin, 1st woman elected to Congress) and Senator 1953–77. He was Senate Majority Whip under Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson 1957-61, and, in 1961, after LBJ resigned from the Senate to become Vice President, he was unanimously elected Democratic Floor Leader and thus, Senate Majority Leader, serving 1961-77 (longest-serving Majority Leader in the Senate’s history). As President of the Senate, Mansfield delivered the memorable lead eulogy on Nov. 24, 1963, witnessed by Jacqueline Kennedy, as President Kennedy's casket lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda: "And so she took a ring from her finger and placed it in his hands, and kissed him, and closed the lid of a coffin. A piece of each of us died at that moment." He shepherded LBJ’s Great Society programs through the Senate, but became a frequent and vocal critic of involvement in Vietnam. President Nixon turned to Mansfield for advice on Vietnam and he began a steady withdrawal of US troops shortly after taking office in January 1969, supported by Mansfield. After retiring from the Senate, he was Ambassador to Japan 1977-88, longest serving US Ambassador to Japan ever. Upon retiring as Ambassador, he was awarded the 1989 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He then became a senior adviser on East Asian affairs to Goldman Sachs. The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library at the University of Montana, Missoula is named for him and his wife. The Library contains the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, dedicated to Asian studies, and, like the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, "advancing understanding and co-operation in U.S.-Asia relations." The Mike Mansfield Federal Building and US Courthouse in Missoula was renamed in his honor in 2002. He received the US Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award in 1990, and that year, Japan conferred upon him its highest honor for someone who is not a head of state. In person signature on a 8 ½ x 5 ½ program for the Japan-America Society of Washington’s December 13 1999 luncheon with remarks by Ambassador Shunji Yanai, Mansfield attending the event. Shunji Yanai (b. 1937) entered the Japanese foreign ministry in 1961, was deputy minister for foreign affairs 1997-99, and Ambassador to the United States 1999-2001. A member of the United Nations-backed International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (which adjudicates issues ranging from the uses of ocean resources and continental shelves to protection of the marine environment) since 2005, he was elected president of the tribunal in 2011.

Condition: Very good
Type:Signed Program






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