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Warren Commission Member John Sherman Cooper ALS Re: Investigation in Dallas

ALS, 2pp (front and back), measuring 6.25" x 8.5", dated April 13, 1990, [Washington, D.C.] A letter from former Senator and member of the Warren Commission John Sherman Cooper sent one year before his death to one Mr. Hensel, a schoolteacher. Within, Cooper reflects on the proceedings and subsequent validity of the investigation held by the Commission, making reference to their findings on Kennedy's assassination. Text has been retraced in areas, with verso exhibiting slight water stain to ink at middle, not affecting signature. Overall, good condition with interesting contents!

In part:

"I received your letter, and I am very glad to hear from you. As you wrote, I served on the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Commission held hearings and published its report. We heard the witnesses, went to Dallas, Texas, and I believe our report was and is correct. One of the members, Senator Richard Russell and I made a... trip to Dallas… and found nothing that changed the findings, as represented, off [sic] the Commission…".

John Sherman Cooper (1901-1991) was an American politician, jurist, and diplomat from Kentucky whose lengthy career in politics would span the terms of six separate presidents, from Truman to Ford. Cooper, then Senator of Kentucky, was assigned by President Johnson to the Commission in 1963, and would attend a total of 50 out of its 94 hearings. Seemingly in contrast to the views put forth in this letter, Cooper became one of the Commission's biggest critics, having described the final report as "premature and inconclusive" and openly rejected the theory that states JFK and Governor John Connelly were hit by the same bullet. Nevertheless, he later conceded that despite his personal beliefs, no evidence exists to suggest the presence of any other shooter besides Lee Harvey Oswald, thus adding validity to their overall findings.

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