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Henry Cabot Lodge, John Connally and Earl Warren Signed Document Archive

Three piece archive, each signed by people related to President Kennedy, politics or his assassination from that period as shown:

1) Single page typed letter signed on personal stationary letterhead. Dated "April 13, 1973", and signed by Henry Cabot Lodge as "H.C. Lodge". 7.25" x 10.5". Accompanied by the original mailing envelope postmarked April 13, 1973. Both in near fine condition with expected folds and staple holes top left.

2) A State of Texas Commission for Paul C. Wolman for Admiral in the Texas Navy. Original State of Texas saw tooth seal intact. Signed with a large 3.5" signature by John Connally "John Connally" as Governor. Near fine. 8.5" x 11".

3) A State of California, Secretary of State DS. Dated "April 13, 1948", and signed by Earl Warren "Earl Warren" as Governor, 11" x 21". Near fine with expected folds. Intact State of California Seal. 

From the collection of Ronald Hoskins, assassinologist.

John Connally was seriously wounded, while riding in President Kennedy's car at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, when the president was assassinated. Connally, riding in the middle jump seat of the president's limousine in front of the president, recalled hearing the first shot, which he immediately recognized as a rifle shot. He said that he immediately feared an assassination attempt and turned to his right and looked over his right shoulder but did not catch the president out of the corner of his eye, so he said he began to turn back to look to his left when he felt a forceful impact to his back. He stated to the Warren Commission: "I immediately, when I was hit, I said, 'Oh, no, no, no.' And then I said, 'My God, they are going to kill us all.'" He looked down and saw that his chest was covered with blood and thought he had been fatally shot. Then he heard the third and reportedly final shot, which sprayed blood and brain tissue on the car's passengers.  Connally disagreed with the Warren Commission’s much parodied, so-called “magic bullet theory,” which held that one of the bullets had pierced Kennedy’s neck before entering Connally’s back, exiting his chest below the right nipple, passing through his right wrist and puncturing his left thigh.

Earl Warren was an American politician and jurist who served as Governor of California from 1943 to 1953 and Chief Justice of the United States from 1953 to 1969. Shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the newly-inaugurated president, Lyndon B. Johnson, convinced Warren to serve as the head of a bipartisan commission tasked with investigating the assassination. From December 1963 to October 1964, Warren simultaneously served as chief justice of the United States and chairman of the Warren Commission

Henry Cabot Lodge was chosen by Nixon as his running mate in the 1960 presidential election, but the Republican ticket lost the election. In 1963, President Kennedy appointed Lodge to the position of Ambassador to South Vietnam, where Lodge supported the 1963 South Vietnamese coup. His letter reads in part "...I was at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco when I got the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I was on my way from Saigon to Washington...I had been in very close contact with him by cable during the preceding six weeks. My thoughts were shock and horror..."

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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