DS as president, signed “John Kennedy,” one page, trimmed in size to 15.25 x 11.75 and mounted to a heavy stock board, May 12, 1962. Kennedy appoints a US representative to a meeting in Europe. In part: “Reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity and Ability of Walter M. Kotschnig, of Maryland, I have nominated, and…do appoint him the Representative of the United States of America to the Seventeenth Plenary Session of the Economic Commission for Europe of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of this commission, according to law, with all the powers and privileges thereunto of right appertaining, during the pleasure of the President of the United States.” Double-matted and framed, with a color portrait of a pensive President Kennedy, eyes downcast and arms folded, to an overall size of 32 x 20.5. Trimming and mounting as noted, otherwise fine, clean condition.
The Economic Commission for Europe met in Geneva from April 24 to May 10, 1962. Interestingly, although Kotschnig’s appointment had been announced in April—and he in fact attended the session as an American representative—the appointment could not be made official until confirmed by the US Senate in May…after the meeting had already concluded. A State Department official for years, Kotschnig served as delegate, adviser, secretary, or head of many US delegations to world meetings from the Truman through Nixon administrations, retiring in 1971 as a deputy assistant secretary of state. This particular appointment was one of many Kotschnig received, having served as the deputy US delegate at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations from its seventh to its fiftieth session. Appointments from JFK, especially for such an esteemed statesman, are very seldom seen. Oversized. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.