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Governor Reagan Consoles Disappointed Teenaged Supporter in Florida

"what we believe in is more important than any individual."

California governor Ronald Reagan writes to a teenaged fan who had hoped that he would receive the Republican nomination for President in 1968.

RONALD REAGAN, Autograph Letter Signed with Initials, to Dixon Neumann, September 3, 1968. 1 p., 6ʺ x 9ʺ. Red line down and across text, likely added when it was typed; excellent. Ex. The Forbes Collection.

Complete Transcript
Dear Dixon
Your name comes very easily to me since it is also the name of my home town in Ill. I do remember you very well in the lobby that night, or rather that early morning. You were so sad & I felt so guilty for having been responsible for your sorrow.
As I said that night, what we believe in is more important than any individual. So if we can influence the policies of those who are our nominees, if common sense & high principles become a characteristic of govt., then we will have succeeded regardless of who holds office.
You’ll never know how proud you young people made me and how much I’ll treasure the memory of your confidence & support. You have my heartfelt thanks.
Send this with the picture.
Dixon Neumann
2819 Alhambra Circle
Coral Gables, Fla. 33134

Historical Background:

The 1968 Republican National Convention was held at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida, from August 5 to 8. Richard M. Nixon won the nomination on the first ballot with 692 votes to 277 votes for Nelson Rockefeller, 182 votes for Ronald Reagan, and the rest scattered. Reagan received the votes of all 86 of California’s delegates, and votes from delegates in 17 other states.

Reagan's appeal to young Republicans later bore fruit in his unsuccessful 1976 challenge for the nomination against incumbent Republican Gerald Ford and his victorious 1980 campaign for the Presidency against incumbent Democrat Jimmy Carter.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) was born in Illinois and graduated from Eureka College in 1932. After working as a radio announcer for several years, he took a screen test in 1937 that led to a contract with Warner Brothers Studios and an acting career in film and television. Reagan served as governor of California from 1967 to 1975. He won election over two-term incumbent Pat Brown. As governor, he opposed the idea of the welfare state and favored less government regulation of the economy. After an unsuccessful attempt to recall him in 1968, Reagan won reelection in 1970 for a second term. He did not seek reelection in 1974, but went on in 1976 to seek the Presidency. He narrowly lost the Republican nomination to incumbent Gerald Ford, but went on to win in 1980 over Democratic incumbent Jimmy Carter to become the 40th President of the United States (1981-1989).

Dixon Neumann (b. 1951) graduated from Coral Gables High School in 1968. In 1974, she married David Brent Pfautsch at her parents’ home in Coral Gables.

Ex. The Forbes Collection. Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), American owner-publisher of Forbes magazine, and consummate collector, amassed one of the most substantial and broad collections of such breadth and depth that it filled a half-dozen residences, and sat on three continents. Many of his manuscripts were sold in multi-million-dollar sales by Christie's in the early 2000s. The Forbes name is considered to be the apex of provenance when attached to an item like the one above. We are honored to have been chosen by the family to sell at auction the substantial balance of the collection.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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