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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/15/1915 - HFSID 254410

FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Navy tradition salutes the unveiling of a Lincoln statue. Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as Acting Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10½. Navy Department, Washington, 1915 June 16. To John G.

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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Navy tradition salutes the unveiling of a Lincoln statue.
Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as Acting Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 8x10½. Navy Department, Washington, 1915 June 16. To John G. Hair, General Manager, Citizens' Monument Association, Long Beach, California. In full: "Referring to your letter of June 1st, 1915, requesting that such vessels of the Navy as may be present at Long Beach, Cal., on the occasion of the unveiling of the statue of Abraham Lincoln on July 3, 1915, fire a salute of 21 guns at that time, I have to inform you that the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet has reported that it is probable that the U.S.S. Chattanooga will be available for this duty, and that the Commander in Chief will detail the Chattanooga or other vessel to fire the salutes as requested." The Twenty-One Gun Salute has its tradition in the Navy. The U.S. Navy regulations of 1818 were the first to formally present the use of the salute. Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1913 until 1920 when he became the Democratic nominee for Vice President. The Secretary of the Navy at the time was Josephus Daniels. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought on July 1, 2 and 3, 1863. On November 13, 1863, President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address there. Lightly creased. Lightly shaded at upper right edge. Overall, fine condition.

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