Ray Blanton - Typed Letter Signed 06/14/1978

Ray Blanton - Typed Letter Signed 06/14/1978


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RAY BLANTON Tennessee's 44th Governor, Ray Blanton writes to collector requesting campaign button Typed Letter Signed: "Ray Blanton". 1p. 7x10 ½ Governor's Letterhead, embossed state seal affixed to upper left. Nashville, Tennessee, 1978 June 14. To: Ms. Toni Currin, Dillon South Carolina. In Full: "Dear Ms. Currin: This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of recent date requesting a campaign button. Regretfully, I must advise you that there are no campaign buttons available. However, it is my pleasure to enclose a decal of the Great Seal of the State of Tennessee and an autographed portrait. Your continued support and words of encouragement are deeply appreciated. Please accept my best wishes for much success with all your future endeavors. Sincerely," Leonard Ray Blanton (1930-1996), a Democrat, was a US Representative from Tennessee (1967-1973) and Governor of that State (1975-1979). He was accused of using his office to sell pardons and went to federal prison for selling liquor licenses, but questions were later raised about the propriety of the charges and Blanton always maintained his innocence. After serving his sentence, Blanton ran for Congress in 1988, receiving a mere 7% of the vote. Paperclip crease at upper left affecting "seal". Fine condition. - Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 83591
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