PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/14/1928 - HFSID 32541
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT Newly elected Governor of New York, FDR implies in his signed, typed letter that he has no immediate plans to seek the Presidency. Misaddressed, the letter travels around the world. Typed Letter signed: "Franklin Roosevelt" , 1 page, 7¼x10. New York, N.Y., 1928 December 14.
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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Newly elected Governor of New York, FDR implies in his signed, typed letter that he has no immediate plans to seek the Presidency. Misaddressed, the letter travels around the world.
Typed Letter signed: "Franklin Roosevelt" , 1 page, 7¼x10. New York, N.Y., 1928 December 14. On letterhead of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Vice President, to Captain A. N. Stone, US Navy, Washington, D.C. Pencil notation (unknown hand) to right of address: "Send to G.L.P. Stone." In full: "It was good of you to write to me and I greatly appreciate the thought of Mrs. Stone and yourself of me. The victory in New York has, of course, been clouded by the defeat in the national election, but I am confident of the future of the party. Many of the pleasantest years of my life were spent with the Navy and I am always glad to hear from an old shipmate. It is hard, indeed, to believe that you are to retire so early as this Christmas eve. It is delightful for you to mention further promotion for me, but I shall expect to be so busy at Albany for the next two years that I shall have little time for other matters. You may rest assured that, in any event, I shall always be a friend of the Navy. With best wishes always, Sincerely yours". Light mailing folds, not at signature. Rust from paper clip at left of upper margin. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by 3 items: 1) Typed letter from Captain Arthur Stone, dated 1929 March 18, stating that FDR's letter may have been intended for G.L.P. Stone, and that it has been forwarded around the world to Arthur Stone in New York City. Light mailing folds. Paper loss (1½x¼) at lower right corner. 2) Typed letter from Guernsey T. Cross, Secretary to Governor Roosevelt, dated 1929 March 30, to Captain G. L. P. Stone, US Navy, Washington, D.C., explaining the mistake. Light mailing fold crosses top of signature. Rust from paper clip at upper left. 3) Envelope with typed address of Captain G.L.P. Stone in Washington, D.C., with ink correction (unknown hand) forwarding the letter to New York City, postmarked March 29, 1929. Lightly soiled. Irregular top edge from opening. New York Governor Al Smith, the Democratic Presidential nominee in 1928 and the first Catholic nominated by either major party, lost in a landslide to Herbert Hoover. Meanwhile Franklin D. Roosevelt, who had nominated Smith at the Democratic convention, was elected to succeed him as Governor of New York. Despite his loss in 1928 Smith, known as "the Happy Warrior," still had Presidential ambitions, and was a serious contender for the nomination in 1932, when FDR secured that prize. Roosevelt won easily in the Depression year of 1932, and went on to be elected an unprecedented four times as President, leading America through the Great Depression and World War II. Smith, however, felt betrayed by his protégé, and never supported Roosevelt or his New Deal program. He supported FDR's Republican opponents in 1936 and 1940. Roosevelt's expressed affection for the US Navy was rooted in his years as Woodrow Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1913-1920), a post he resigned when he became the Democratic nominee for Vice President. Four items.
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