Humphrey, Hubert H.

VP Humphrey thanks a Washington friend for information about a helpful Congressman

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(1911-1978) 38th US Vice President under Lyndon Johnson (1965-69), Minnesota US Senator 1949-64 & 1971-78, 1968 Democratic Party presidential nominee, losing to Richard Nixon. Humphrey helped found the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL) in 1944, and was Minneapolis mayor 1945-48. He was reelected and co-founded the liberal anti-Communist Americans for Democratic Action in 1947. He was elected to the Senate in 1948, the year his proposal to end racial segregation was included in the Democratic National Convention platform, where he gave one of his most notable speeches, suggesting the Democratic Party "walk into the sunshine of human rights." He served in the Senate 1949-64 and was Majority Whip 1961-64. He was lead author of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and introduced the 1st initiative to create the Peace Corps. He ran 2 campaigns for President in the 1952 & 1960 Democratic primaries. When LBJ assumed the Presidency after the assassination of President Kennedy, Humphrey was chosen by him as his running mate, and they won the 1964 election in a landslide. When Johnson announced he would not seek reelection in March 1968, Humphrey launched his campaign for the presidency, his main Democratic challengers were anti-Vietnam War Senators Eugene McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy. Humphrey, loyal to the Administration's policies on the Vietnam War as Vice President, was opposed by many in his own party and he avoided primaries to focus on winning delegates from non-primary states at the Convention. He won the nomination and he chose Senator Edmund Muskie as his running mate. With the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy that year, and heightened opposition to the Vietnam War, the Chicago Convention saw major protests which later proved costly to his campaign, and he lost the election to Richard Nixon. He returned to teaching in Minnesota before returning to the Senate in 1971. He became the 1st Senate Deputy President pro tempore and served until his 1978 death from bladder cancer. TLS “Hubert H.” on 9 x 7 blue printed “The Vice President/Washington” letterhead with official seal at top left, July 10 1967, to Barnee Breeskin, Washington. VP Humphrey thanks Breeskin for "the word" on Lester Wolff, who "has indeed been most friendly and helpful whenever possible and is doing a great job in a difficult district", thanks Breeskin for the reminder. BARNEE BREESKIN (1910-1989) Washington Shoreham Hotel Blue Room orchestra leader 1930-56. In 1938, he wrote the music for "Hail to the Redskins", the football team’s fight song. A long-time DC PR executive, Breeskin led the Washington “tent” (chapter) of the Circus Saints & Sinners Club of America, Inc., a charitable organization that raises money for local charities. LESTER L. WOLFF (b. 1919) NY US Rep (D) 1965-81, in 2014 he received the Congressional Gold Medal, highest US civilian award. In the private sector, Wolff was recognized as an authority in both marketing and media. With redistricting he initially represented the NY 3rd District and later the 6th District. Wolff served as Chairman of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Committee, and the Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control. During a 1978 congressional delegation to China, he met with Deng Xiaoping. Their conversation was credited for helping establish formal US-China diplomatic relations. He authored the Taiwan Relations Act, signed into law in 1973, in the wake of President Carter's termination of diplomatic relations and a 25-year mutual defense treaty. Wolff introduced amendments to the White House-sponsored 1969 Foreign Assistance Act to restore the initiative for direct peace talks between Israel and the Arab States. He also played a role in the Camp David Accords.

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