FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/06/1959 - HFSID 33341
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT Eleanor Roosevelt sends a typed letter about The Menninger Clinic. Typed Letter Signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1p, 6x7. New York, New York, 1959 January 6. On her imprinted "Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt" letterhead to Mrs. Saltford.
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Eleanor Roosevelt sends a typed letter about The Menninger Clinic.
Typed Letter Signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1p, 6x7. New York, New York, 1959 January 6. On her imprinted "Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt" letterhead to Mrs. Saltford. In full: "Thank you so much for your letter which I read with interest. The Menninger Clinic has very fine research and they started before we did, so they are much farther advanced. I was familiar with what you wrote, and Dr. Hunt said he would show me the hospital sometime in the spring. With my good wishes for the New Year." The former First Lady is comparing the Menninger Clinic, the first group psychiatry practice, which was established in Topeka, Kansas in 1919, to the facility that her husband started for polio victims in Warm Springs, Georgia in 1927, six years after he had contracted infantile paralysis. Now called the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, the facility offers medical and vocational rehabilitation. In the year she wrote this letter, Mrs. Roosevelt visited The Menninger Foundation's Dr. Karl in Kansas. In 1959, Mrs. Roosevelt also began her television interview show, Prospects of Mankind, testified before Congress in support of a minimum wage, debated President Harry S Truman on the role of liberals in the Democratic Party, visited Israel (meeting with David Ben-Gurion) and Iran, criticized the funding structure of John F. Kennedy's campaign for President and wrote "Is American Facing World Leadership?", "What Are We For?", "Where I Get My Energy" and "Why I Am Opposed to 'Right to Work' Laws". Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) had married her distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905 (her uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt, gave her away). She would serve as First Lady for 12 years and 39 days (March 4, 1933 until her husband's death of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945), longer than any other woman. Eleanor, who had previously been First Lady of New York when FDR was Governor of the state (1929-1933), later became known as "First Lady of the World" for her humanitarian efforts, including getting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. Appointed by President Truman, she had been a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1945-1952. On November 7, 1962, 78-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt died at her New York apartment, the address of which is imprinted on this letterhead. She was buried next to her husband in Hyde Park four days later. Lightly creased. 2 minor tears at upper right edge. Pencil erasures at upper right margin. Fine condition.
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