COLLECTION OF FIFTEEN PENS PRESIDENT KENNEDY USED TO SIGN LANDMARK LAWS
Easterbrook fountain pens each imprinted "The President - The White House", used in signing some of the most important legislation of the Kennedy administration, including laws pertaining to nuclear disarmament, protection of the environment and the establishment of the Peace Corps. Accompanied by a letter of authentication from Dave Powers, the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Library. Also includes two colored photographs of John F. Kennedy signing legislation in the Oval Office. Pens housed together in a shadow box frame with plaque marked "Landmark Laws of the John F. Kennedy Administration 1961-1963" and plaques identifying each pen. Shadow box 13.75" x 19.75".
Pens used in signing the following legislation:
1) Executive Order 10924 establishing the Peace Corps, March 1, 1961. Orders the State Department to establish a temporary Peace Corps, which would send trained and able Americans to areas of need throughout the world. The Peace Corps Act was enacted later that year, establishing a permanent agency.
2) Area Redevelopment Act, May 1, 1961. Authorizes the Area Redevelopment Administration to borrow money from the Treasury to finance loans for industrial and rural redevelopment, purchase or development of lands, technical assistance and vocational training.
3) Social Security Benefits, June 30, 1961. Extended Social Security benefits, raised the minimum monthly benefit, lowered the collection age from 65 to 62 at a reduced rate, and increased benefits to survivors and dependents.
4) Housing Act Bill, June 30, 1961. Drastically increased Federal funds for urban renewal, elderly housing, mass transit incentives and utility improvements.
5) Federal Water Pollution HR 6441, July 20, 1961. Doubled the Federal effort to stop water pollution.
6) National Seashore Park HR 5857, August 7, 1961. Established the Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts.
7) Wheat and Feed Grain Bill, August 8, 1961. Aimed to reduce crop surplus and increase farm income.
8) Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Offenses Control Act of 1961, September 22, 1961. Established the first Federal program to combat juvenile delinquency.
9) U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, September 26, 1961. Created the first comprehensive agency aimed at disarmament.
10) Public Welfare Amendments of 1962, July 26, 1962. The first update of public welfare legislation since the program was established in 1938, the Amendment provided for work training and family rehabilitation.
11) World's Largest Atomic Power Plant, September 26, 1962. Authorized construction of a plant in Hanford, Washington.
12) Trade Expansion Act, October 11, 1962. Strengthened trade with Europe through reduced tariffs.
13) Racial Discrimination Act of 1962, November 20, 1962. Barred racial and religious discrimination in federally funded housing.
14) Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, October 7, 1963. Prohibited above-ground nuclear testing, signed jointly by the United States, the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom. It was the first disarmament agreement of the nuclear era, and was one of Kennedy's most notable achievements.
15) Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Amendments Act of 1963, October 24, 1963. Authorized grants to cover prenatal care for low-income pregnant women.
These pens were specially designed to Kennedy's writing specifications. Kennedy can be credited with popularizing the tradition of giving out signing pens as keepsakes.
Provenance: Guernsey's, Artifacts and Documents Relating to the Life and Career of John F. Kennedy, March 18-19, 1998, Lot #168.