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    "The life of Lincoln is a star to which every young American can safely hitch his wagon."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Note Signed as New York Senator.
    -March 25, 1912. Probably Albany, New York. One page. 5" x 9".
    -One horizontal fold, toned. Fine.
    -Provenance: From the Malcolm Forbes Collection.

    FDR writes "The life of Lincoln is a star to which every young American can safely hitch his wagon./ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Mar. 25th 1912." FDR was just thirty years old when he wrote this inspirational note.


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph note signed March 25, 1912, when FDR was a State Senator from the State of New York, with very interesting content concerning Abraham Lincoln. On 5 x 9"heavy paper stock FDR writes in his own hand: "The life of Lincoln is a star to which every young American can safely hitch his wagon./ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Mar. 25th 1912." FDR was just thirty years old when he wrote this inspirational note on the life of a person who would twenty one years later become his predecessor, and a President with which FDR would frequently be compared with in terms of Presidential greatness. FDR, once he became President of the United States, being the master politician, worked hard to take the legacy of Abraham Lincoln away from Republicans to help garner support for the New Deal. Imagine that! The Grand Ol' Party of the 1930s forced to hand over the legacy of their greatest President to Franklin D. Roosevelt, a politician who was the epitome of everything Republicans were then against. Even though FDR used, manipulated, and emulated Lincoln's example for political gain, the Great Depression combined with the Second World War made FDR's use of Lincoln change from political purpose to the challenge of saving the Nation and democracy from its enemies, both within and without. This historic document was obtained from the Christie's auction of the Malcolm Forbes document collection, November 2, 2006.



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