Exchange of Messages With H. H. Cheeley of Iuka, Ill., on the President's Birthday.
MANY happy returns on your birthday. I am proud to share the day with you and am heartened by your warm expressions. I wish you the best in health and happiness until our next birthday.
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
[Mr. H. H. Cheeley, Iuka, Illinois]
Note: The text of Mr. Cheeley's letter follows: Mr. President, Dear Sir:
Your birthday is the same day as mine, on the 27th day of August. I am 102 years old. I am a Democrat and voted my first vote for Grover Cleveland on November 4, 1884. I have voted for every Democrat since then for 20 Presidents. For 80 years I voted at the same place in Iuka Township, Marion County, State of Illinois.
I back your way of doing business--less talk and more doing good.
H. H. CHEELEY
The President called White House correspondents into his office in the afternoon of August 27 and read the foregoing exchange. It was not made public in the form of a White House press release.
Lyndon B. Johnson, Exchange of Messages With H. H. Cheeley of Iuka, Ill., on the President's Birthday. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/240796