FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/25/1959 - HFSID 3230
The former First Lady thanks a correspondent for his letter and congratulates him on not retiring as of yet.
Typed Letter Signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1p, 6x7. New York, New York, 1959 August 25. On her personal imprinted Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt letterhead to Mr. Lincoln. In full: "I very much enjoyed reading your letter and thank you for sharing your views with me. I think you have done wisely not to retire and I congratulate you on your initiative and adaptability. I feel sure you column will be most readable and will be appreciated by many people in the older age groups. With my best wishes, very sincerely yours". 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 with folds. Fine condition.
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