Lyndon B. Johnson 1971 Typed Letter Signed To Vice President Spiro T. Agnew


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36th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “LBJ”, May 27, 1971, 7×9, embossed “LBJ” stationery, Austin, Texas, addressed to:  “The Honorable Spiro T. Agnew / Executive Office Building / Washington, D.C. 20500”, addressed to “Dear Mr. Vice-President”, in full:

Mrs. Johnson and I are delighted and grateful you came here to share May twenty-second with us.  It was one of the grandest days of our lives and we’re proud you were part of it.

I appreciate the genuine interest you showed in the Library, and I especially want to thank you for staying on to spend some time greeting our guests.  I know it gave them pleasure and a good memory to carry home.

Again, Mrs. Johnson and I are deeply grateful to you.  We want to see you whenever you come this way.

LBJ has handwritten a postscript:  “and do come back to the Library when you have more time. L”

May 22, 1971 marked the Dedication of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library.  At the time of dedication, the Library was the largest and most expensive ever built for an American President [$18.6 million] and the first to have been built on a college campus. The Reverend Billy Graham delivered the invocation and President Richard M. Nixon gave a dedicatory address. A lunchtime barbeque was served to 3,000 guests.

An unbelievably uncommon association letter from a former President (and former VP) to a current Vice President.  Agnew and LBJ had a long-standing friendship.  Agnew had been a supporter of LBJ’s handling of the Vietnam War.  According to Spiro Agnew And The Rise Of The Republican Right by Justin Coffey, “Agnew described Johnson as a ‘conscientious person who has the interest of the United States at heart.’  Republican Agnew never shied away from praising the Democratic Johnson and the two men developed a good relationship.  Johnson invited Agnew to the White House on several occasions, and Agnew told friends that he was LBJ’s ‘favorite Republican.'”