FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, CO-SIGNED BY: CORDELL HULL FDR and his Secretary of State Cordell Hull both signed his large 22¾x18¾ document in 1939, appointing former Roosevelt's Secretary of Commerce as Ambassador to Canada.

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FDR and his Secretary of State Cordell Hull both signed his large 22¾x18¾
document in 1939, appointing former Roosevelt's Secretary of Commerce as Ambassador to Canada.
Civil appointment signed "Franklin D Roosevelt" as President and "Cordell Hull" as Secretary of State. 22¾x18¾, with 3½-inch paper Great Seal of the United States. May 9, 1939. This document appointed Daniel C. Roper of the District of Columbia as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Canada. DANIEL CALHOUN ROPER (1867-1943, born in Marlboro County, South Carolina) was Franklin D. Roosevelt's United States Secretary of Commerce from 1933 to 1938. He was appointed Ambassador to Canada by Roosevelt in 1939. FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, New York) 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. As Secretary of State under Franklin D. Roosevelt from 1933 to 1944, CORDELL HULL (1871-1955, born in Overton County, Tennessee) was the chief architect of the Good Neighbor Policy toward Latin America. He had previously represented Tennessee as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives (1907-1921, 1923-1931) and U.S. Senate (1931-1933) and had served as Chairman of the Democratic National Executive Committee (1921-1924). Early in World War II, Hull began planning a postwar international organization that would become the United Nations. In 1945, "the Father of the United Nations" was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Comes rolled. Lightly toned, soiled, stained and creased. Light tear on right edge. Adhesive residue on verso. Otherwise in fine condition.

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