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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/02/1917 - HFSID 27665

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT On the day President Wilson asks Congress for a Declaration of War against Germany, his Assistant Secretary of the Navy, FDR, advises a volunteer that he is too old to join the Navy Reserve. Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D.

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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
On the day President Wilson asks Congress for a Declaration of War against Germany, his Assistant Secretary of the Navy, FDR, advises a volunteer that he is too old to join the Navy Reserve.
Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10½. Navy Department, Washington, 1917 April 2. On the day President Woodrow Wilson spoke before a joint session of Congress asking for a declaration of war against Germany, FDR writes to Alfred B. Williams, Washington, D.C. In full: "I received your letter of March 21st and on account of the rush of business here in the Department I have been unable to reply to it before this. The age limit for the Reserve is placed at fifty-eight years and up to the present time we have not taken any volunteers in excess of that age. I have, however, had your letter placed where it will be within reach if the future should necessitate our taking in men over the present age limit. I want to tell you how much the Department appreciates your offer of services and the fine spirit expressed in your letter. It is the proper spirit and just what the country needs today more than anything else. You may be sure that if the necessity arises you will hear from us." FDR became Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913, 15 years after his wife's uncle, Theodore Roosevelt, served in that post. FDR left that office in 1920, a year before his wife's first cousin, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was appointed to the position. Show through at upper and lower left corners from tape remnants on verso. Stained and creased at lower blank right corner, else in fine condition.

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