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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Document Signed as New York Governor.
    -January 18, 1929. Albany, New York. One page. 7.75" x 12". State of New York letterhead and seal.
    -Original fold, minor wear and soiling, else near fine.

    This official document appointing a commission of select physicians to examine the sanity of prisoners condemned to death at Sing Sing reflects FDR's interest in humane criminal justice. The document reads (in part): "By virtue of the power and authority vested in me under the Constitution and Statutes, relating to Executive Clemency and the enforcement of the laws of the State, I hereby designate George A. Smith, M.D., Medical Superintendent of the Central Islip State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued. Joseph W. Moore, M.D., Acting Medical Superintendent of the Matteawan State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued. Paul G. Taddiken, M.D., Medical Superintendent of the St. Lawrence State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued. as a Commission to examine persons now under sentence of death at Sing Sing and also those hereafter received, as to the sanity at the time of the examination and also at the time of the commission of the crime, and to report to me in each case the findings and conclusions of the Commission as promptly as possible." The document is also signed by FDR's secretary, Guernsey T. Cross.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt, a 8 x 12" folio State of New York vignetted document signed as Governor, Albany, January 18, 1929, with very interesting content concerning FDR's interest in humane criminal justice, appointing a commission composed of a select group physicians to examine the sanity of prisoners condemned to death at Sing Sing Prison in New York. The official document reads: "By virtue of the power and authority vested in me under the Constitution and Statutes, relating to Executive Clemency and the enforcement of the laws of the State, I hereby designate/ George A. Smith, M.D., Medical Superintendent of the Central Islip State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued./ Joseph W. Moore, M.D., Acting Medical Superintendent of the Matteawan State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued./ Paul G. Taddiken, M.D., Medical Superintendent of the St. Lawrence State Hospital, previously designated and whose designation is hereby continued./ as a Commission to examine persons now under sentence of death at Sing Sing and also those hereafter received, as to the sanity at the time of the examination and also at the time of the commission of the crime, and to report to me in each case the findings and conclusions of the Commission as promptly as possible./ Given under my hand and the Privy Seal of the State at the Capitol in the City of Albany this eighteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty-nine./ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ By the Governor:/ Guernsey T. Cross/ Secretary to the Governor." Gilt Seal of New York attached. Fine condition.



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