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Edmund Muskie

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Beautiful signed portrait of the Secretary of State

who helped to broker the end to the Iran hostage crisis

Edmund Sixtus Muskie, 1914–1996.  United States Secretary of State, 1980–1981; United States Senator from Maine, 1959–1980; 1968 Democratic vice presidential nominee.  8" x 10" photograph, inscribed and signed To Jim Lombardi / Ed Muskie. 

This is a magnificent bust portrait photograph of Muskie, who became Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter at a critical time during the Iran hostage crisis, when 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage by a group of Iranian students who supported the Iranian Revolution.  Muskie was influential in establishing diplomatic ties that helped to resolve the crisis.  Four days before President Carter left office, he awarded Muskie the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Muskie held the highest political office by a Polish-American in history and was the only Polish-American ever nominated by a major political party for Vice President.  He served as the Governor of Maine four years, 1955–1959, before taking a seat in the United States Senate, where he represented Maine for more than 31 years.  In 1968, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey selected Muskie as his running mate.  Humphrey and Muskie lost the 1968 presidential election by a slim margin, 43.4%–42.7%, some 51,000 popular votes, to former Vice President Richard Nixon and Maryland Governor Spiro T. Agnew.

This photo is in extra fine condition.  Muskie has inscribed and signed it in black felt tip pen in a light portion of the image at the lower right.


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