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  •  So V.P. Johnson almost didn't give a speech.. (9+ / 0-)

    ..at all.

    His closest aides never sent Johnson’s regrets to the Gettysburg invitation, leaving the option open.

    When his personal secretary Juanita Roberts saw special appeal in the opportunity, and she dashed off a note to Horace Busby, who was Johnson’s head speechwriter.

    “Do you think something good could be made here?” she wondered. “The distinguished son of distinguished confederates on the 100th anniv. of the battle —.”
    I'm so glad Johnson had a completely different idea about his speech that day. It was a turning point in history to be sure.

    Thx MB

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