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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/06/1918 - DOCUMENT 42313
 

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
Roosevelt signed this typed letter as Assistant Secretary of the U. S. Navy in 1918, thanking a Los Angeles citizen for loaning optical instruments to the Navy's "Eyes for the Navy" program during World War I. Accompanied by a certificate of thanks, also signed by Roosevelt.
Typed letter signed "F D Roosevelt" as Assistant Secretary of the Navy. With pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 7¾x10¼, on letterhead from the Assistant Secretary's Office of the Navy Department. June 6, 1918. Addressed to Mr. C. C. Ganahl, Los Angeles, California. In full: "Dear Sir: Your prompt and patriotic response to the NAVY'S call for binoculars, telescopes, and spy-galsses, is most appreciated. The glass-es will be very useful in the prosecution of Naval Operations until victory is won. At the termination of the war, if possible, every effort will be made to return them to you when it is hoped that you will feel compensated for any evidence of wear, by the knowledge that you have supplied 'Eyes for the NAVY' during a very trying period. On behalf of the NAVY, I wish to thank you most heartily. Very respectfully, Assistant Secretary of the Navy." Lightly toned and creased. Lightly discolored at right edge. Notations on verso show through lightly to front (do not touch signature). Folded twice and unfolded. Lightly discolored along folds. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Document signed "Franklin D Roosevelt". 1 page, 7¾x10½. Certificate of thanks for C. C. Ganahl for loaning a telescope, pair of binoculars or navigational instrument to the U. S. Navy's "Eyes for the Navy" program. Lightly toned and soiled. Light discoloration near lower right corner. Light staining and rippling along left edge, with paper loss on verso (show-through does not touch signature. Otherwise in fine condition. During World War I, the United States Navy faced a problem: most binoculars, telescopes and sextants were made by German companies. These instruments were essential to warships in an age before global positioning satellites and radar. Luckily for the Allies, American residents had bought a great quantity of these instruments before the war. Realizing this, the Navy asked U. S. citizens to loan these instruments to the Navy - in essence, to give "Eyes For The Navy". Most of these instruments were returned after the war. ROOSEVELT (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, NY) is an American politician who served as president during two of the most difficult times in world history, the Great Depression and World War II. He also served as president for four terms (1933-1945), longer than any other president in history. Roosevelt's parents were from old New York families, and he was raised in privilege. Theodore, his fifth cousin, was elected president in 1902; his leadership style and lust for reform made him Franklin's hero and role model. Roosevelt was elected to the New York State Senate in 1910; he ran as a Democrat in a district that hadn't elected a Democrat since 1884, but ran on his privileged name and rode a Democratic landslide to the State Senate, where he joined reformers in opposing New York City's Tammany Hall Democratic machine. He resigned in 1913 when appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1913-1920), where he worked to expand the Navy and founded the Navy Reserve and where he met Winston Churchill for the first time in 1918. He ran as vice president with James M. Cox of Ohio, but they were handily defeated by Warren Harding. He contracted a paralytic illness in 1921 while vacationing in Campobello Island, New Brunswick, widely believed to be poliomyelitis, which permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Not many people knew at the time that he was paralyzed, though, thanks in part to a cooperative press. He was elected Governor of New York (1928-1932), a governorship that was marred by his reluctant deal-making with the faltering Tammany Hall machine during his 1930 re-election run. He was elected president in 1932, three years into the worldwide Great Depression, a depression that contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Roosevelt tried to get people back to work with the New Deal and prevent the same thing happening in the United States. The New Deal was a patchwork of programs that scholars now agree had limited success at best in ending the Depression, and some of its programs, like the National Recovery Administration (NRA), were determined to be unconstitutional. However, programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps employed hundreds of thousands of Americans and programs like NRA and the Tennessee Valley Authority injected billions of federal dollars into the economy. Roosevelt was also responsible for Social Security benefits for the elderly and minimum wage laws. He began re-arming the United States in 1938, in the face of strong isolationism, and declared that the United States would become an "arsenal of democracy" against Hitler. But the isolationism dissolved with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and the United States entered World War II. Roosevelt's administration put the nation on a war footing while coordinating strategy with his counterparts Churchill and Josef Stalin, the so-called "Big Three". He died four months before V-J Day and the official end of World War II on Aug. 12, 1945.


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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Born: January 30, 1882 in Hyde Park, New York
Died: April 12, 1945 in Warm Springs, Georgia


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