An Avalanche of Telegrams: Olin D. Johnston Papers

Billy Graham

Evangelist Bill Graham’s message

Among the materials recently received from the family of former South Carolina governor and U.S. senator Olin D. Johnston were scrapbooks containing some 670+ telegrams received during the Senator’s final hospitalization in 1965 and after his passing.

Billy Graham wrote, Please be assured of my prayers for your complete recovery God bless you. 

His good friend, Minnesota senator Hubert Humphrey, wrote, Just wanted you to know that our prayers are with you for the successful operation and recovery of our dear friend.

Hubert Humphrey

Telegram from Senator Hubert Humphrey

Condolence notes included, Olin always had the courage of his convictions. He fought for what he believed right but never cherished hatred against those who differed with him. Maude joins me in sympathy to you and the family.  Jimmy Byrnes

You have the sincere sympathy Mrs Truman and myself. Senator Johnston was highly thought of in South Carolina and a lot of other placesHarry Truman


From Harry S Truman

As a warm and close friend over the years please accept my deepest sympathy for you and your family. He always stood for his belief and never wavered.  Financier Bernard Baruch

And, The state and nation has suffered a great loss our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Fritz Hollings



Article from the National Rural Letter Carrier reporting on the return of Senator Johnston to work following his hospitalization

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