Lot 86
  • 86

Franklin D. Roosevelt, thirty-second President, as Governor of New York

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Description

  • Typed letter signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), blaming the Great Depression on the policies of the Hoover administration
  • Paper, Ink
One page (8 x 10 1/2 in; 203 x 267 mm) on Executive Chamber letterhead, Albany, 29 June 1931, to William R. Thom; some overall toning, brittle edges.

Catalogue Note

New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt writes to Canton, Ohio, Park Commissioner William R. Thom, thanking him for support by members of the Jackson Club of Canton and suggesting that maintaining an emphasis the responsibility of the Hoover Administration for the economic crisis would assure a Democratic victory. While Herbert Hoover did eventually respond to the deepening Depression by creating the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, it was a case of “too little, too late.” To win the presidency, Roosevelt was happy to capitalize on Hoover’s failure to address the nation’s economic crisis.

During FDR’s tenure as governor, the stock market crashed in October 1929, after which the American economy began to unravel as the country sank into the Great Depression. Roosevelt offered tax relief to New York farmers, created the first state relief agency in the U.S. and provided low-cost utilities. These bold initiatives gained him both national prominence and the Democratic presidential nomination in July 1932. As part of his presidential campaign, Roosevelt promised a “new deal for the American people.” 

“I thank you for enclosing the clipping in regard to the vote of the Jackson Club of Canton. It is of course highly gratifying to learn that I have so many staunch friends in your club and I appreciate the expression of confidence which they voted recently.

"I am also delighted to see that the Club is determined that economic issues shall be kept to the forefront in the coming campaign. IF WE DO NOT ALLOW OURSELVES TO BE DIVERTED AND PRESS HOME THE FACT THAT THE PRESENT INDUSTRIAL DEPRESSION IS DIRECTLY THE RESULT OF THE POLICIES OF THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION, I FEEL THAT VICTORY WILL BE ASSURED.”

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