FDR ALS as President; the Earliest Known Example Ever on the Market
ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. (1882-1945). Thirty-second president of the United States. ALS. (“Franklin D. Roosevelt”). In pencil and written as president. 1p. 8vo. (Aboard the yacht Amberjack IImoored off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard), June 18, 1933. To Mrs. Vietor (Martha Knox Vietor, wife of New York businessman Carl Louis Vietor).
“Thank you so much for your note and your hospitable welcome. I do wish we could come ashore but we are cooking supper & expect to sail at daylight. Give my love to the Lion Davises when you see them. Sincerely yours…”
After spending from 1921 to 1924 trying to recover from the polio he contracted while vacationing on Campobello Island, Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson’s former assistant secretary of the Navy, triumphantly returned to public life with his New York gubernatorial victory in 1928. Following the stock market crash the following October, the American economy started to unravel as the country sank into the Great Depression. As governor, FDR offered tax relief to New York farmers, created the nation’s first state relief agency and provided low-cost utilities. These bold initiatives gained him both national prominence and the Democratic presidential nomination in July 1932, and he campaigned on the promise of a “new deal for the American people.” In November he was elected to the first of an unprecedented four terms, with his New Deal programs helping to restore much of the economy and changing the nature of American government.