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Richard Nixon

Nixon accepts the resignation of the ambassador to Pakistan

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Nixon accepts the resignation of the ambassador to Pakistan

TLS as president, one page, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, May 7, 1969. Letter to Ben Oehlert, the ambassador to Pakistan, in full: "It was considerate and very thoughtful of you to send me the information included in your recent letter and telegram. I was pleased to have your views about the qualifications desired in your successor as Ambassador to Pakistan. You may be sure that I shall keep them closely in mind. I will accept your resignation on or before June 20, 1969 as you have requested, and I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you for the distinguished manner in which you have represented the United States in Pakistan. I appreciate the sacrifice of your personal interests this service has required of you and I thank you both for your generous offer to serve your country again in the future and for your kind and encouraging remarks." In very good to fine condition, with a tear to the left edge repaired with tape on the back. Accompanied by a typed draft of Oehlert's 'Special Channel Message' to Nixon.

After graduating from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Oehlert (1909-1985) went into private practice and was later hired by the Department of State to work in the Mexican Claims Agency. He spent several years working in top offices for Coca-Cola, W. R. Grace & Co., and the Minute Maid Company before being appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson to become Ambassador to Pakistan in 1967, a post he held until his retirement in 1969.

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  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #574 - Ended January 08, 2020

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