PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/25/1941 - HFSID 35627
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
His typed, signed 1941 letter to a Maryland Senator avoids making a commitment to appoint a former Senator's son to a defense job.
Typed Letter Sigend: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as President, 1 page, 7x8¾. Washington, D.C., 1941 January 25. On White House letterhead to U.S. Senator George L. Radcliff of Maryland. In full: "I appreciate your calling to my attention the qualifications of Mr. James Bruce in connection with the National Defense Program. I have carefully noted what you say about Mr. Bruce and you may be sure I shall keep him in mind should the need arise where a person of his qualifications could be used to real advantage. I am always glad to have your suggestions regarding men of ability and experience who might be willing to serve in some capacity in the National Defense Program. With best wishes." FDR wrote this letter just five days after his unprecedented third inauguration. Democrat GEORGE L. RADCLIFF (1877-1974) represented Maryland in the U.S. Senate from 1935-1947. Before entering the Senate, he had served as regional adviser of the Public Works Administration for Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and the District of Columbia in 1933 and 1934. JAMES BRUCE (1892-1980) was the son of Democrat William C. Bruce (1860-1946), who had represented Maryland in the U.S. Senate from 1923-1929. He had been a military aide to President Wilson at the Treaty of Versailles negotiations. While Bruce received no appointment from President Roosevelt, President Truman named him U.S. Ambassador to Argentina (1947-1949). Lightly creased with mid-horizontal fold, not at signature. Receipt stamp and red pencil underline and check marks at right margin, touching 2 lines of typed text (all legible). Stamped signature of Radcliffe at lower margin. Staple holes at upper left margin, pencil erasures at upper right margin. Tape remnants (no show-through) on verso of integral leaf, which is lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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