FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/26/1960 - HFSID 3231
Sale Price $270.00
Eleanor Roosevelt sends a typed letter giving her permission to enter a photograph of her in a contest.
Typed Letter Signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", ¾p, 6x7. New York City, 1960 January 26. On her "Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt" letterhead to Mr. Weigand. In full: "The photograph you took is very good and of course you have my permission to enter it in the photography contest. With my good wishes, Very sincerely yours". Lightly creased. Fine condition. With original typed envelope bearing printed frank: "Anna Eleanor Roosevelt". Mrs. Roosevelt had been granted the franking privilege on May 7, 1945, just 25 days after FDR's death. In the year she signed this letter, Mrs. Roosevelt would chair the Draft Stevenson Committee, attend the World Federation of United Nations Associations meeting in Warsaw, Poland, urge a Stevenson-Kennedy ticket at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, campaign for JFK after a private meeting with him at Val-Kill, her home on the Roosevelt Hyde Park estate, begin teaching foreign policy seminars for Brandeis University, defend the choice of Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General and write "Growing Toward Peace", "You Learn By Living" and "My Advice to the Next First Lady" [who would be Jacqueline Kennedy]. 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. Two items.
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