“We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it”: Rare Pen used by Lyndon B. Johnson in signing an executive order

  • Pen Used by Lyndon B. Johnson.

Pen Used by Lyndon B. Johnson.

Item Number: 89069


Scripto pen used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign the executive order entitled “Amending the Selective Service Regulations,” on May 3, 1967. One of only sixteen pens used in signing this executive order. The black gold-capped pen bears the presidential seal and a facsimile signature by Lyndon B. Johnson. Includes a handwritten slip of paper reading “1 of 16 used by LBJ  – J.M. Howard.” Housed in the original Scripto box which also bears the presidential seal and facsimile signature. Rare.

A Democrat from Texas, Lyndon Baines Johnson served as the 36th President of the United States from 1963 to 1969, assuming the office after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States under President John F. Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. An independent agency of the United States government, the Selective Service System was established to maintain information on those potentially subject to military conscription. Johnson's 1967 amendments to draft regulations included the continuance of deferments for undergraduate college students and youths in apprentice programs, the reversal of procedures to put nineteen-year-olds ahead of older eligibles, and the end of deferments for graduate students.