Washington DC: February 25, 1952. SIGNED "Wayne Morse" on United States Senate, Committee of Armed Services Letterhead. 8/5" x 11", off-white stationary with two horizontal mailing folds, light crease bottom left corner otherwise fine.
Senator Morse responds to a constituent's encouragement sent through Republican National Committee Chairman Guy Gabrielson that he be placed on the national presidential ticket. Morse did not run for President giving the nod to Eisenhower, but he was so incensed by the selection of Nixon for VP that he left the Republican Party to become and independent. Morse did switch party in 1960 to make a run for the Democratic Presidential nomination, losing to John F. Kennedy in Maryland and then stepping away from the race. He is also remembered as being only of two U.S. Senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution which gave Lyndon Johnson authority to take military action without a declaration of war. Fine. Item #280
"Thank you for your recent card. Although it was kind of you to write to Mr. Gabrielson suggesting my name in connection with the presidential ticket, let me assure you of two things - first, I have no illusions about my place in the Republican Party; and second, I have no other objective but to continue to do the best job I can in the Senate. With kindest regards, Sincerely, /s/ Wayne Morse"