FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1940 - HFSID 291770
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT She invites a friend to view Abe Lincoln in Illinois at the White House Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1 page, 6x9½. Washington, D.C., 1940 January 8. On White House stationery with matching envelope to "Dear Grace" [Mrs. Frederick S. Greene].
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She invites a friend to view Abe Lincoln in Illinois at the White House
Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1 page, 6x9½. Washington, D.C., 1940 January 8. On White House stationery with matching envelope to "Dear Grace" [Mrs. Frederick S. Greene]. In full: "It seems a long time since we have seen you and I am wondering if you would like to come up on the 20th and spend the 21st with us here at the White House! We are having a preview of 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' on the night of the 21st and I thought perhaps you would like to see it. We hope to have the author, Mr. Sherwood, and Mr. Massey here too. Do come if you can and let me know what time on Saturday to expect you. Affectionately". ANNA ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962) 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), was later called "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. While the Roosevelt marriage was not a happy one in personal terms, it was famously successful in its public impact. This invitation was addressed to the recently widowed spouse of Frederick S. Greene (1870-1939), who had been New York's Public Works Commissioner (1923-1939) before, during and after Franklin Roosevelt's tenure as Governor. Author Robert E. Sherwood (1870-1939) received one of his four Pulitzer Prizes for the stage play Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1939), made into a film the following year. Sherwood, who also notched an Oscar, would work as a speechwriter for FDR during World War II, and won his fourth Pulitzer (and a Bancroft Prize for history) in 1949 for his Roosevelt and Hopkins. Film star Raymond Massey (1896-1983) portrayed Abraham Lincoln in this film, and is considered among the best portrayers of the former President. If Sherwood and Massey attended as expected, this must have been a memorable White House evening. Mailing folds. Lightly creased at edges and corners. Fine condition.
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