PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/26/1918 - HFSID 172157
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT During World War I, FDR sends thanks for platinum which the Navy will use in munitions plants. Typed Letter Signed: "F.D. Roosevelt" as Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10½. Navy Department, Washington, 1918 April 26. To Mr. D.H.
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
During World War I, FDR sends thanks for platinum which the Navy will use in munitions plants.
Typed Letter Signed: "F.D. Roosevelt" as Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10½. Navy Department, Washington, 1918 April 26. To Mr. D.H. Smyser, Dallas, Texas. In full: "Your letter of April 9th 1918, containing an enclosure of a platinum ring weighing 4.743 grams has been received and the platinum turned over to the Bureau of Ordnance for use in the Navy Munition (sic) plants. I wish to take this occasion to extend to you my thanks and appreciation of your patriotism in thus giving the platinum to the government for its war needs and to express to you the gratification felt by such evidence of loyalty and generosity. The platinum will be immediately put into active service. Please accept my thanks on behalf of the government." Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 until he became the Democratic candidate for Vice President in 1920. On April 2, 1918, President Wilson asked for a Declaration of War and subsequently directed the mobilization of American forces and resources. The American people responded by donating items to the military, including the platinum mentioned in this letter. Although platinum is one of the heaviest substances known, it can be shaped and worked in almost every possible way. It does not corrode or tarnish when exposed to air and strong acids that dissolve most metals do not affect platinum, making it invaluable for use in munitions. Fine condition.
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