PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 05/26/1919 - HFSID 279326
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
Roosevelt signed this letter on letterhead from the Assistant Secretary's Office in the Navy Department in 1919 to let a New Jersey resident know that his son would be released before the end of the month. Framed to 11¾x13¾ in a gold-colored frame with cream-colored matte.
Typed letter signed "Franklin D Roosevelt". 1 page, 6¼x10 (visible), on letterhead from the Assistant Secretary's Office in the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. Framed to 11¾x13¾ in a gold-colored frame with cream-colored matte. May 26, 1919. Addressed to B. B. Stern, Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. In full: "My dear Sir: I have received your letter of April 25th, in the interest of your son, Eugene E. Stern, and it gives me great pleasure to inform you that the Commandant of the Fifth Naval District has told me that Mr. Stern will be released before the end of this month. Very sincerely 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 Hitler. 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. Not framed in Gallery of History style. Letter not inspected outside of frame. Lightly toned, rippled and creased. Discolored at top edge of page. Folded twice and unfolded. Glass of frame is lightly soiled, and frame is lightly scratched and dented. Otherwise in fine condition.
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