Bill Clinton 1978 Typed Letter Signed – With Handwritten Salutation and Additional Words – To His Cousin in Hope, Arkansas


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42nd President.  Typed letter signed “Bill”, April 17, 1978, “Bill Clinton / 1020 West Third / Little Rock, Arkansas 72201” stationery, to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Drake in Hope, Arkansas.  Clinton has handwritten “Frank & Dale” in the salutation, in full:

I enjoyed meeting with you at the reception in Hope.  I appreciate your taking the time to talk with me about matters of concern to both of us and to the future of our State.

If you ever have any suggestions or advice both during and after the campaign, please let me know.

I look forward to working with you, and will be grateful for any assistance you can give me between now and May 30.

Clinton has added “Bear Down!” in his hand at bottom.

In very good condition, folds.

Accompanied by original mailing envelope – with small tear at top left from original opening.

On November 7, 1978, Bill Clinton was elected Governor of Arkansas for the first time with 59.55% of the vote.  Clinton, at the age of thirty-two, became the youngest Arkansas governor, the youngest governor in the United States since Harold E. Stassen won in Minnesota in 1938 at the age of thirty-one, and the youngest governor in nation at this time. In 1992 he was elected third-youngest U.S. President.

Dale Drake was a cousin of Clinton’s – who interestingly lived in Hope, Arkansas – original birthplace of Clinton.