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PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/22/1915 - HFSID 27748

FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT Roosevelt signed this typed letter on letterhead for the U. S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy to fellow New Yorker and former state senator Clayton L. Wheeler in 1915. Typed letter signed "Franklin D Roosevelt" in blue ink. 1 page, 6¾x9, on letterhead for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

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FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
Roosevelt signed this typed letter on letterhead for the U. S. Assistant Secretary of the Navy to fellow New Yorker and former state senator Clayton L. Wheeler in 1915.
Typed letter signed "Franklin D Roosevelt" in blue ink. 1 page, 6¾x9, on letterhead for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. Nov. 22, 1915. Addressed to the Honorable Clayton L. Wheeler, Hancock, New York. In full: "Dear Clayton: The Post Office Department will hold up the appointments at Hobart and Stamford until they hear from me. When you have all the data ready on these two places just send it along to me and I shall be glad to take the matter up with the Post Office Department. I have taken pleasure in sending you two copies of the President's photograph which I have had autographed by him, and I am also sending With kindest regards, believe me, Very sincerely yours,". CLAYTON L. WHEELER was a member of the New York state assembly from 1911 to 1912 and of the state senate from 1913-14. He also had an unsuccessful run for the United States Congress in 1922. Wheeler was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1924 and 1932, the second time as an alternate. FRANKLIN DELANO 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. Encapsulated in plastic. Not inspected outside encapsulation. Lightly toned and creased. Folded once and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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