Stunning Photograph Signed by FDR and his Second Term Cabinet

Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt

$5000
Item: 2002
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ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. & HIS CABINET. SP. 1p. Oblong 4to. (12” x 10½”). Washington, D.C., [circa September 1936 to December 1938]. A black-and-white framed Underwood & Underwood photograph of Roosevelt and all 11 members of his cabinet, seated at a table in the Cabinet Room of the White House, and signed on the image’s lower margin by:

ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. (1882-1945, “Franklin D. Roosevelt”), Thirty-second president of the United States. FDR took office in 1933, at a crucial time for the American economy. The president’s “New Deal” policies were immediate and drastic measures designed to ensure that the financial crisis did not worsen. In 1935, with the Dust Bowl raging, FDR established the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Writers Project and signed the Social Security Act. Roosevelt was successful in restoring much of the economy while, at the same time, dramatically changing the nature of American government. His popularity earned him three consecutive terms, during which the U.S. recovered from the Great Depression to become a major world power. FDR’s presidency spanned nearly the entirety of the U.S. involvement in WWII, during which time the president crafted a powerful coalition with Great Britain and the Soviet Union;

Vice President JOHN NANCE CACTUS JACK” GARNER IV (1868-1967, “Jno. N. Garner”). Garner, a lawyer and politician from Texas, served as speaker of the House before joining FDR’s ticket in 1932, serving as vice president from 1933-1941. Over the course of the president’s first two terms, he grew to disagree with some of Roosevelt’s policies including his New Deal spending and policies regarding the Supreme Court. Assuming that the president would step down after the customary two terms, Garner declared his own presidential candidacy in 1940 but was roundly defeated at the Democratic National Convention at which Roosevelt chose Henry Wallace to be his next vice-presidential running mate;

Secretary of Treasury HENRY MORGENTHAU JR. (1891-1967, “Henry Morgenthau Jr.”). From 1934-1945, Morgenthau was instrumental in helping finance the New Deal and American involvement in World War II, after which he proposed the Morgenthau Plan to disarm Germany;

Attorney General HOMER STILLE CUMMINGS (1870-1956, “Homer Cummings”) was an attorney active in Democratic politics who was appointed to the cabinet upon the sudden death of Roosevelt’s original pick for attorney general en route to the presidential inauguration. From 1933-1939, Cummings oversaw significant prison reform as well as the establishment of the FBI. He also authored FDR’s court-packing plan;

Secretary of Labor FRANCES PERKINS (1882-1965, “Frances Perkins”) was a labor advocate who became the first woman to hold a cabinet post in 1933. She remained in her post through 1945;

Secretary of Agriculture HENRY A. WALLACE (1888-1965, “Henry A. Wallace”) helped implement much of the New Deal from 1933-1940 and became Roosevelt’s vice president following the 1940 election;

Secretary of State CORDELL HULL (1871-1955). A former Senator, Hull served as Roosevelt’s secretary of state from 1933-1944. Although Hull’s influence on Roosevelt was minimal, his twelve-year term as secretary of State was the longest in U.S. history, and he often supported the president’s non-interventionist policies. Hull was actively involved in the founding of the United Nations for which he was awarded the 1945 Nobel Peace Prize (the third U. S. secretary of state so honored), which had been suspended during the war. He was the first individual to receive the prize after a five-year hiatus;

Postmaster General JAMES A. FARLEY (1888-1976, “James A. Farley”) ran Roosevelt’s 1928 gubernatorial campaign becoming the chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee until Roosevelt rewarded him with a cabinet position in 1933. Farley fell out with Roosevelt with the president’s pursuit of a third term, during which time Farley attempted to challenge him for the party’s nomination;

Secretary of Interior HAROLD ICKES (1874-1952, “Harold L. Ickes”), served on FDR’s cabinet from 1933-1945, headed the Public Works Administration and was responsible for implementing many of the New Deal policies;

Secretary of War HARRY H. WOODRING (1887-1967, “Harry H. Woodring”) was a former governor of Kansas and assistant secretary of war who became unpopular during World War II for his anti-interventionist stance. FDR appointed Woodring in September 1936, but caved in to pressure in 1940 and replaced him with Henry Stimson;

Secretary of Navy CLAUDE SWANSON (1862-1939, “Claude A. Swanson”). A former congressman and governor of Virginia, Swanson began his long political career in 1892 when he was elected to the House of Representatives. Swanson served from 1933-1940;

Secretary of Commerce DANIEL C. ROPER (1867-1943, “Daniel C. Roper”) held a variety of government and party positions before joining FDR’s cabinet where, from 1933 until December, 1938 he helped implement New Deal policies.

Ickes and Cummings signatures are a bit light. Floated in a frame and in lovely condition.

Stunning Photograph Signed by FDR and his Second Term Cabinet

Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt

$5000 • item #2002


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