JOHN F. KENNEDY'S PERSONAL SECRETARY, EVELYN LINCOLN, WAS STILL PERPETUATING THE RUSE ABOUT THE PRESIDENTS USE OF AUTOPEN SIGNATURES
Evelyn Maurine Norton Lincoln (1909-95) Typed Letter Signed About JFK'S Signature As President, "Evelyn Lincoln", 1 pg., 6.5 x 8, November 5, 1975, Chevy Chase, MD, by the personal secretary to John F. Kennedy from his election to the United States Senate in 1953 until his 1963 assassination. Lincoln, who was in the motorcade when Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963, made a point of visiting Kennedy's grave every year on the anniversary of his death. John F. Kennedy established for the first time in history a policy of sending out proxy (secretarial) or robot (autopen) signed items, without identifying them as such. His predecessor, Dwight Eisenhower, responded to autograph requests by sending a facsimile signature on a White House card, with the word "facsimile" printed on the back. The negative public reaction to the admission by various Kennedy aids (Pierre Salinger, etc.) that imitation signatures of the president were authorized led to a procedure where letters of authentication from staff members would sometimes be sent along with the "authorized forgeries". Evelyn Lincoln was still perpetuating this ruse some ten years later as we see in this interesting letter. In part: "...it was a pleasure for me to autograph your copy of my book. As far as your query concerning signatures of our late President Kennedy I might add that he signed all of the mail that came across my desk, as well as photographs. At no time while he was President was an autopen used to sign his letters or photographs...during campaigns thousands of letters are sent out to voters...in that case an autopen is used. You can well understand, I am sure, that it would be impossible for any one person to sign those letters...." Lincoln wrote two books: "My Twelve Years With John F. Kennedy" and "Kennedy and Johnson" (1968). Comes with the original mailing envelope and a copy of a photo of Kennedy signing papers with Evelyn Lincoln in the White House. All three items are in fine condition.