PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/16/1936 - HFSID 253877
Sale Price $2,337.50
RUNNING FOR REELECTION DURING THE DEPRESSION, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT SIGNS A
TYPED LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL TRAIN TO JIM FARLEY, DEMOCRATIC CAMPAIGN
CHAIRMAN, ABOUT "CANADIAN COMPETITION WITH AMERICAN BREAD"
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Typed Letter Signed: "Franklin D. Roosevelt" as President, 1 page, 7x8¾. On White House stationery but written "Aboard the President's Train", 1936 October 16. To James A. Farley, Chairman, Democratic National Campaign Committee. Begins: "Dear Jim". In full: "I have received your letter of October 6, 1936 enclosing a letter, dated September 23, 1936, from the Democratic County Committee of Clinton County, Plattsburgh, New York, and a letter, dated September 26, from Mr. L.A. Bouyea, Mayor of Plattsburgh, relative to Canadian competition with American bread. The Secretary of State tells me that on October 5, 1936 he wrote to Senator O'Mahoney at campaign headquarters in New York with reference to a letter on the same subject addressed to you by the Northern New York Bakers Trade Association. It was stated confidentially in Mr. Hull's letter that a brief prepared by the Bakers Association had been referred by me to the State Department and that after thorough and sympathetic consideration a report on the brief would be made to me. As soon as this report is ready, I shall let you know." Plattsburgh, New York, is just south of the Canadian border, just 50 miles from Montreal. Less than three weeks later, on November 3, 1936, President Roosevelt defeated Kansas Governor Alf Landon in a landslide, winning 523 electoral votes to Landon's eight. JAMES A. Farley's close relationship with FDR deteriorated in 1940 because Farley opposed FDR's pursuit of a third term and because FDR believed that Farley had presidential ambitions of his own. In 1940, Farley resigned as Postmaster General and party chairman to mount an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1940, coming in second with 72 votes on the first ballot to FDR's 946. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt flew to the convention to try to repair the damage in the Roosevelt-Farley relationship and although Farley remained close to Mrs. Roosevelt, he felt betrayed by FDR and refused to join FDR's 1940 campaign team. Staple holes, paperclip marks and notes (unknown hand) at upper margin. Lightly creased. Overall, fine condition.
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