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Rep. Powell Backs LBJ

Jan. 31, 1964 - Representative Adam Clayton Powell Jr., Democrat of Manhattan, who refused to support his party’s national ticket in 1956, has enlisted in the campaign to elect President Johnson. After a conference with the President at the White House, Mr. Powell reported that he was backing Mr. Johnson and had “already started campaigning for him.” The Congressman declared that Mr. Johnson “gets stronger every day” among Negro voters, “and I’m going to do my best to see that it gets even stronger than that.” Eight years ago, Mr. Powell endorsed former President Dwight D. Eisenhower a month before the national election, charging that Adlai Stevenson had snubbed Negro groups. In 1960, he announced his support of John F. Kennedy seven weeks before the election.


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