Bill Clinton 1993 Typed Letter Signed as President – To NY Senator Pat Moynihan – Mentioning “President Kennedy’s Statement”


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42nd President.  Typed letter signed “Bill” AS PRESIDENT, The White House Washington stationery, June 7, 1993, 6.75×9, to New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan,in full:

Thank you very much for your letter concerning the Presidential Medal of Freedom.  I am very grateful for you following up by sending me a copy of President Kennedy’s statement, and providing me with some additional history about the Medal.

You are a man of great wisdom and I appreciate hearing from you.

In fine condition, light filing stamp from Moynihan’s office at top.

Moynihan was an influential politician from New York who served under several Administrations.

Clinton became the youngest U.S. President since John F. Kennedy upon taking office in 1993.

The Medal of Freedom, established by President Kennedy in 1963, is the highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States.  In November 1993, five months after writing this letter, Clinton bestowed the medal on five recipients:  conservationist Marjory Stoneman Douglas, civil rights lawyer Joseph Rauh (posthumous), judge and civil rights champion John Minor Wisdom and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall (posthumous) and William Brennan.  In 2000, President Clinton awarded Moynihan the Presidential Medal of Freedom.