PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/21/1925 - HFSID 27632
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
In 1925, FDR signed this letter to Basil O'Connor giving an open invitation to come and visit him on his way to Mexico.
Typed letter signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, New York City, 1 page, 7¼x10½, on Fidelity and Deposit Company stationery. Long Key, Florida, February 21, 1925. Addressed to "Basil". In full: "Dear Basil: I am still hoping that you will get down here on your way to Mexico. Shoot me a wire 4 or 5 days in advance care Miami Grocery Company, Miami, Florida as I will be somewhere down among the Keys and will want you to get off at Long Key which is about 2 hours north of of Key West. Julian Goldman writes me that he has given you a case to handle in Pennsylvania under the old contract clause. Send him a bill for $1250 sometime in March. The $5,000 retainer started January 1st and is payable quarterly. Louis Howe wrote me about a man who claimed to know me - he may, but I don't know him! As ever yours," ROOSEVELT (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, NY) 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 Hilter. 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. Fold creases not at signature. File holes at left. Acceptance stamp at upper right. Otherwise, fine condition.
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