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Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) inscribed signed photo of noted American political figure

Edmund Muskie (1914-1996) inscribed signed photo of noted American political figure

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Directory: Traditional Collectibles: Ephemera: Autographs: Political: Pre 1970: Item # 1422442

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Of considerable historical interest, a black and white photograph of renowned American late 20th century political figure EDMUND MUSKIE (March 28, 1914 – March 26, 1996), inscribed at bottom margin in felt tip pen "To Steve/with the bet wishes of a friend/Ed Muskie". Muskie was an American politician with a long record of public service. He served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 1946 to 1951, was the 64th Governor of Maine from 1955 to 1959, a United States Senator from Maine from 1959 to 1980, (and, in the middle of that, the Democratic Party's candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 1968 election), and finally the 58th United States Secretary of State, under President Jimmy Carter, in the early 1980's. Muskie reached the pinnacle of his career in 1968 when he ran on the Democratic ticket with Hubert Humphrey (the election won by Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew). This photo would appear to date to that 1967/1968 period. The figure on the left is likely to be the late Stephen Reinhardt (1931-2018), from whose liquidated Los Angeles estate this item was recently acquired. Reinhardt, dubbed "the liberal lion of the Ninth Circuit Court", was a high-profile judge, well known in liberal circles nationally. He served on that court for decades, and was involved in rulings ranging from abortion to gay marriage. Photos online, of him much later in life, suggest that this could well be Reinhardt, who would then have been in his late 30's; and on the reverse of the card to which the photo is affixed, and where there is a rubber stamp of Bruce McGregor Photography, Los Angeles, someone wrote "Steve Rheinhardt" (sic) in pencil. Photo is in good condition, with a tiny edge chip at right. Protected behind Plexi in a sandwich type frame. See the net for much more on Judge Stephen Reinhardt. Upon his death, Supreme Court justices Anthony Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor wrote about their friend Steve, in the Harvard Law Review.