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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1929 - HFSID 279366

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT FDR signed this letter, on his personalized letterhead from the New York Executive Chamber, during his first days as governor in 1929. In it, he decries the "acts of ignorance and bigotry" against his friend Alfred E. Smith in the 1928 presidential election. Smith later became one of Roosevelt's biggest enemies.

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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
FDR signed this letter, on his personalized letterhead from the New York Executive Chamber, during his first days as governor in 1929. In it, he decries the "acts of ignorance and bigotry" against his friend Alfred E. Smith in the 1928 presidential election. Smith later became one of Roosevelt's biggest enemies.
Typed letter signed "Franklin D Roosevelt". With numerous corrections in black ink in unknown hand. 1 page, 8x10½, on Roosevelt's personalized letterhead from the State of New York's Executive Chamber in Albany, New York. Jan. 21, 1929. Addressed to Miss Cora Cummins, Milton, Massachusetts. In full: "Dear Miss Cummins: I have your recent letter asking for information about rumors circulated against Governor Smith, and wish to say that I know they are wholly untrue and circulated merely to make votes. It is unfortunate that the Governor was defeated after such acts of ignorance and bigotry, but I am still confident of the future of the party. I appreciate you having written me. Sincerely yours,". "Governor Smith" here is Alfred E. Smith, whom Roosevelt succeeded as Governor of New York. The "ignorance and bigotry" that Roosevelt mentions in this letter was probably against Smith's religion. Smith was a Roman Catholic, and anti-Catholic prejudice contributed to his loss against Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential race. 1929 marked a turning point in the relationship between Smith and Roosevelt. Roosevelt returned to the national stage in 1924, after being stricken with paralysis, with a dramatic nomination speech for Smith at the 1924 Democratic convention. In 1928, Smith urged Roosevelt to run as his replacement as Governor of New York. But Smith's bitterness over his presidential loss, combined with Roosevelt's refusal to appoint his cronies to state posts, cut a rift between the two men. Smith turned from Roosevelt's friend into his enemy. He opposed Roosevelt's presidential nomination in 1932 and later became a Republican. Roosevelt (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, New York) was elected Governor of New York in 1928, succeeding his political patron (and later foe) Alfred E. Smith, whom Roosevelt had nominated as the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1928. Smith lost to Herbert Hoover, whom Roosevelt would himself defeat for the Presidency four years later. Roosevelt, former state legislator, Assistant Navy Secretary and Vice Presidential candidate (1920), served two 2-year terms as New York's Governor before winning the first of an unprecedented four elections to the US Presidency, an office he would hold longer than anyone else (1933-1945). Lightly toned, soiled, foxed and creased. Typewriting, but not signature or corrections, are faded but legible. Rounded edges. Folded twice and unfolded. Letter has separated along folds. Tape repairs on back of letter, which have discolored paper; discolorations do not touch signature. Otherwise in fine condition.

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