|Text on Button||Javits|
Blue text with black shadow on an orange and yellow striped background.
|Curl Text||941 Button and Emblem Co. NEC M.P. 10015|
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This button references New York Senator Jacob Koppel "Jack" Javits, who served in the United States Senate from 1957 to 1981. Javits, a liberal-minded Republican, supported monumental legislation while in the Senate, such as the 1957 Civil Rights Act and Lyndon Johnsons' "Great Society" programs. Although he initially supported the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, by 1967, he denounced the Vietnam War, calling for a peaceful resolution. Javits served in the Senate until his 1980 loss against Democrat challenger, Alfonse D'Amato. Javits died of ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) at the age of 81 in March, 1986.