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ronald Reagan

 

“ To . . . a truly independent conservative Republican.”

Ronald Wilson Reagan, 19112004.  40th President of the United States.  Formal color portrait of Reagan as Governor of California, inscribed and signed To John – A truly independent conservative Republican.  Thanks for eight years of strong support – Ron”.

This photograph has an an excellent political association.  Reagan has signed it to California state Senator John Oliver Stull, a fellow Republican.

Stull (1920–2011) represented California’s 80th Assembly District, covering North San Diego County, from 1967 to 1972.  During his tenure he crafted California’s famous Stull Act, part of the education code, which made the state’s public school teachers accountable for the progress of their students.  Stull then won a special election to the California Senate in 1973 and represented the 38th Senate District until 1978. 

Based on the inscription, Reagan signed this photo in 1975, his last year as governor.  He and Stull entered California government together in 1967.  Reagan served eight years as governor, from 1967 to 1975.  Stull’s eighth year in the legislature would have been Reagan’s last as governor. 

This photograph comes from the Stull estate and has never been offered on the autograph market before. 

The photograph is by Merrett of Century City, California, whose gold embossed stamp appears in the lower left corner of the image.  The image, which measures 7⅞” x 10⅝”, is mounted to an 11” x 14” white mount.  Reagan has inscribed and signed it in the white blank space at the bottom of the photograph itself, not on the mount.  The piece is framed in a simple walnut and black wood frame.  The photograph is somewhat faded from exposure to light, but the inscription and signature are still easily readable, and overall the piece is in fine condition. 

Framed to an overall size of 12” x 17¾”.

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