Don't be fooled by imitators. This is an opportunity to own a rare piece of US History. Lawrence Francis O'Brien, Jr.(July 7, 1917 - September 28, 1990) was one of the United States Democratic Party's leading electoral strategists for more than two decades. He served as Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Lyndon Johnson. He also served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association from 1975 to 1984. The NBA Championship Trophy is named after him. He is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame. O'Brien was appointed in 1952 by John F. Kennedy to serve in Massachusetts as the director of his successful U. Senate election campaign and, in 1958, to serve in Massachusetts as the director of his successful reelection campaign. Kennedy's elections were largely attributed to O'Brien's recruitment, his use of volunteers, and his development of a statewide election campaign. In 1959, he built the foundation for Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign by touring the United States. O'Brien was appointed in 1960 by Kennedy to serve nationally as the director of his presidential campaign. His election planning in key primary states such as Wisconsin and West Virginia convinced many in the party that Kennedy's Catholicism was not a problem. O'Brien developed a new presidential party. He collected information about each convention delegate and alternate delegate, and communicated frequently with each delegate's liaisons. O'Brien was appointed in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve nationally as the director of his presidential campaign. In 1968, Vice President Hubert Humphrey appointed O'Brien to serve nationally as the director of his presidential campaign and by Howard Hughes to serve in Washington as his public-policy lobbyist. Committed to the principle that political parties are fundamental to the American political process, O'Brien was elected in 1968 and in 1970 by the DNC to serve as its national chairman. O'Brien was a member of President Kennedy's inner circle of trusted advisers, known in Washington as the "Irish Mafia". He managed President Kennedy's activities in 1962 on the behalf of the Democratic Party during its election campaigns. O'Brien accompanied President and Mrs.
Kennedy on their trip to Texas in November 1963. The trip was part of the strategy for President Kennedy's run for re-election in 1964.O'Brien was to join the Kennedys at the Johnsons' ranch following the President's speeches and fund raising tour through the state. After President Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Hospital on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, O'Brien accompanied the President's coffin and Mrs. Kennedy back to Air Force One at Love Field in Dallas. While aboard Air Force One, President Johnson called for O'Brien and Kenny O'Donnell, another Kennedy insider and member of the "Irish Mafia", asking both of them to stay on and work with him in the new administration. O'Brien was appointed in 1965 by President Johnson to serve in Washington, D. O'Brien continued this service through 1968. O'Brien was appointed in 1975 by the National Basketball Association as its commissioner until 1984. He went on to successfully direct the ABA-NBA merger and negotiate television-broadcast agreements with CBS Television while seeing game attendance significantly increase. After retirement, in honor of his service to the sport, the NBA Championship Trophy was renamed as the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. The signature is guaranteed to be genuine and comes with a 100% Certificate of Authenticity. This is for the First Day Cover only. Your First Day Cover will be sent through the US Postal Service with tracking. I can usually correct any reason for you dissatisfaction. Thank you looking and good luck! This item is in the category "Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop\Autographs-Original\Basketball-NBA\Other Autographed NBA Items". The seller is "steve88dodgers" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.