Lyndon B. Johnson

President Johnson's Pen Used to Sign the Resolution to Furnish Protection for Presidential Candidates Owned By Secret Service Agent Present at JFK's Assassination - Phenomenal Provenance!


President Johnson's Pen Used to Sign the Resolution to Furnish Protection for Presidential Candidates. Phenomenal Provenance!

 

Steel-nib fountain pen accompanied by a printed note which indicates it was used by LBJ on June 6, 1968 to sign House Joint Resolution 1292 "to furnish protection to major Presidential or Vice Presidential candidates." 5.5" in length with the Presidential seal on the body of the pen. Accompanied by the original box embellished with the Presidential seal and Lyndon B. Johnson's name in typescript on the top. 2" x 6". The pen no longer contains ink.

Provenance: From the estate of Secret Service Agent Warren W. (Woody) Taylor. On November 22, 1963, the day of President Kennedy's assassination, Taylor was on special assignment in Dallas working as a Special Agent on Vice Presidential detail to protect Lady Bird Johnson. Taylor was in the car immediately behind the Vice President's car in the Presidential motorcade.

 

The U.S. Secret Service came into existence nearly 150 years ago, but the agency as it's known today was essentially created June 5, 1968 — the night Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Kennedy had several bodyguards with him, including football star Roosevelt "Rosey" Grier, as he addressed a crowd gathered to support his bid for the White House. But there were no Secret Service agents present because before 1968, their services weren't afforded to presidential candidates. That policy changed after Kennedy's assassination.

 

The Secret Service wasn't always in the business of protection. It was created in 1865 as part of the Treasury Department, and it had one mission — to prevent counterfeiting of U.S. currency. Then, in 1901, President William McKinley was shot and killed by an anarchist in Buffalo, N.Y., and Congress changed the agency's mandate. "We then stepped up and began to protect the president," says Special Agent Edwin Donovan. "And then, of course, in 1968 with the assassination of a major presidential candidate, we began to protect all the major presidential candidates."

 

An incredible piece of history with important and highly relevant although somewhat ironic provenance, given it was owned by a Secret Service Agent who had been present during President Kennedy's Assassination on assignment to protect Lady Bird Johnson; and who later worked during the Johnson administration.



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