Sunday, June 30, 2013
Rare Murphy Barry Goldwater Coattail pin
$500.00 or best offer
This is a rare coattail pin form the 1964 Presidential Race. In 1964, George Murphy was elected to the Senate, having defeated Pierre Salinger, the former presidential press secretary in the Kennedy White House, who had been appointed several months earlier to serve the remainder of the late Clair Engle's unexpired term. Murphy served from January 1, 1965 to January 3, 1971, and is credited with beginning the United States Senate tradition of the Candy desk. Murphy assumed his seat two days early, when Salinger resigned from the seat in order to allow Murphy to gain an edge in seniority. Murphy was then appointed by Democratic Governor Pat Brownto serve the remaining two days of Salinger's term.