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[Richard Nixon] Bill Young Pen Used to Sign POW Proclamation 4115

A silver and navy special edition Parker pen, measuring 5.375" in length. Belonging to Representative Charles W. Young, the longest-serving Republican member of Congress at the time of his death (serving from 1971-2013). The bottom part of the pen is decorated with text reading "The White House/Richard Nixon." The pen is housed in its original white and gold box with a Presidential Seal on the front. A handwritten note accompanying the pen reads "POW Week of Concern Resolution Signing - Fri - Mar." The pen is very fine with minimal, if any, wear. Light soiling and rubbing to the box.

On March 10, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed Proclamation 4115, creating a National Week of Concern for Americans Who Are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. The week was to be observed from March 26 to April 1, 1972, with Sunday, March 26 being a National Day of Prayer for the lives and safety of those men. These exclusive President Nixon pens were handed out by the President to members of Congress who were instrumental in getting bills pushed through Congress. Charles William Young (1930-2013) also known as C.W. Bill Young, was a Representative from Florida, elected to Congress in 1970. He supported impeaching Nixon over the Watergate Scandal, along with his other three Floridian congressmen.

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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