Robert F. Kennedy Signed Department of Justice Print – 1964 Christmas Gift


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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.

8×10 print showing a drawing of the U.S. Department of Justice over which RFK presided for over three years, with the inscription over the entrance of the Department of Justice printed at bottom, taken from Plato: “Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.” The print is affixed to an 11 by 13 inch mount, and signed and inscribed on the mount, “For / Thomas J. Kennedy [sic] / With appreciation / Robert F Kennedy / Christmas, 1964.”  The pictured building over which RFK held sway is now named the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

The inscribee was actually Thomas J. Kenney but RFK, probably by habit, actually wrote “Kennedy”, offering an additional last name signature.

These signed prints are highly uncommon.