Robert F. Kennedy 1952 Typed Letter Signed As JFK’s Campaign Manager


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The United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a US Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s younger brothers, and also one of his most trusted advisers and worked closely with the President during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also made a significant contribution to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Typed letter signed (TLS) “Bob” one page, 8×10, November 18, 1952, 7.25×10.5, sent from “44 Kilby Street / Boston, Mass”, to a supporter, in full:

I wanted to write to tell you what a great pleasure it was to work with you in Jack’s campaign.  The work that you did will always be greatly appreciated.  I feel strongly, as I know Jack does, that his winning was due in large measure to the interest, enthusiasm, and effort of people such as yourself.  It was a long, hard, difficult campaign — for what you contributed during these past months, we are all most grateful.

I hope it will be possible for us all to get together in the near future.  In closing, I again extend my thanks to you.

RFK has added a handwritten postscript:  “I knew I should have marched in that parade – Seriously though John you did a terrific job for us in the former Senators home town”

In very good condition, mailing folds, age toning.

John F. Kennedy defeated Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. on November 4, 1952 in the United State Senate election in Massachusetts.

Congressman Kennedy’s Senate campaign was managed by his younger brother Robert Kennedy, who would perform the same function for his brother in the 1960 presidential campaign. Kennedy launched his campaign early in 1952 and made an intensive effort, by election day in November 1952 he had visited every city, town, and village in Massachusetts at least once. He also collected a record number of signatures for his petition for office, assembling a petition of over a quarter-million signatures. Many of those who signed the petition would later become campaign volunteers or workers for Kennedy in their hometowns. A famous innovation by the Kennedys in the 1952 Senate race were a series of “tea parties” sponsored by Kennedy’s mother and sisters in the fall. Congressman Kennedy attended each of the tea parties and shook hands and charmed the voters (usually female) who were present; it is estimated that a total of 70,000 voters attended the tea parties, which was roughly his margin of victory over Lodge.

This is the only letter from RFK in his role as campaign manager that we can recall seeing.

Accompanied by a copy of a James Spence Authentication LOA that shows this letter (along with a JFK letter that is being offered separately).