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Elvis Presley's Letter to President Richard Nixon

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Elvis Presley's Letter to President Richard Nixon

Page one of Elvis Presley’s handwritten letter to President Nixon; Document R-013 re Elvis-Nixon meeting, found in White House Central Files: Subject Files: EX HE 5-1; Nixon Presidential Materials Staff; National Archives and Records Administration.

On the morning of December 21, 1970, Elvis Presley personally delivered a letter to the northwest gate of the White House. Written on American Airlines stationery, the five-page letter requested a meeting with President Nixon. Presley intended to present the President with a gift of a World War II-era pistol and obtain for himself the credentials of a federal agent in the war on drugs.

Read more in When Nixon Met Elvis...