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Telegram to the Chancellor of the University of Texas Following the Mass Shooting on the University Campus.

August 02, 1966

MRS. JOHNSON and I know the heavy burden so many are bearing. We are deeply grieved by the tragedy at the University yesterday. Our hearts go out to the families involved and to all who are suffering. We want to assure you of any personal or official assistance that would in any way be helpful.

LYNDON B. JOHNSON

[Dr. Harry Ransom, Chancellor, University of Texas, Austin, Texas.]

Note: The President referred to a tragedy at the University of Texas where, as reported in the press, a sniper held the campus under siege from his position on top of a tower located on the university campus, killing 14 persons and wounding 30 others, before he was finally shot to death by police.

The text of the telegram was read by Bill D. Moyers, Special Assistant to the President, at his news conference at 11:50 a.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 1966, at the White House. It was not made public in the form of a White House press release. See also Item 364.

Lyndon B. Johnson, Telegram to the Chancellor of the University of Texas Following the Mass Shooting on the University Campus. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/239294

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