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    President Eisenhower appoints John Roosevelt (the only child of FDR to become a Republican!) a member of the Government Contract Committee.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower: Signed Appointment of John Roosevelt to the Government Contract Committee.
    -August 15, 1953. Washington, D.C. 23" x 19".
    -To: John A. Roosevelt.
    -Minor toning, ink faded to brown, else near fine.

    In this official State Department document, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints John A. Roosevelt a "Member of the Government Contract Committee." The document is signed by both Ike and Walter B. Smith, Acting Secretary of State. An official U.S. paper seal is affixed at bottom left, next to Smith's signature. John was the only Roosevelt son not to seek elective public office, but in 1952 he switched his political affiliation to the Republicans to support Eisenhower during his presidential campaign. John's role on the Government Contract Committee was to help enforce non-discrimination clauses in industrial contracts.


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    Incredible Item from FDR's youngest son John Aspinwall Roosevelt, rewarding him with a Presidential political appointment in 1953 for crossing Party lines in 1952, becoming an Eisenhower supporter and a Republican: A one of a kind item, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appoints John A. Roosevelt a "Member of the Government Contract Committee," signed by Ike as President, and co-signed by Walter B. Smith as Acting Secretary of State, August 15, 1953, Washington, D.C. The official document, with the Seal of the United States of America, reads: "Dwight D. Eisenhower/ President of the United States of America./To all who shall see these presents, Greetings:/ Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the Integrity and Ability of John Roosevelt, of New York, I do appoint him a Member of the Government Contract Committee, and do authorize and empower him to execute and fulfill the duties of that Office according to law, and to have and to hold the said Office, with all the powers and privileges thereunto of right appertaining, unto him the said John Roosevelt, during the pleasure of the President of the United States for the time being./ In testimony whereof, I have caused these Letters to be made Patent, and the Seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed./ Done at the City of Washington this fifteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and fifty three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and seventy-eighth./ Dwight D. Eisenhower/ By the President:/ Walter B. Smith/ Acting Secretary of State." John was the only Roosevelt son not to seek elective public office, but in 1952 he switched his political affiliation to the Republican party in order to support Eisenhower during his campaign for the Presidency in assuming the Chairman's role of the Citizens for Eisenhower committee, an action rewarded by Eisenhower several months later in this Presidential appointment as a member of the Government Contract Committee. Johnny's role on this federal committee was to help enforce non-discrimination clauses in industrial contracts for the government. A truly magnificent piece from the only child of FDR and ER who became a Republican! This item was obtained from the Christie's "The Roosevelt Era" auction in February, 2001, Lot 195A.



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