DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt Inscribed Photograph Signed, circa 1930s. Measuring 13.5" x 17", the president is seen sitting and leaning on his desk. Below the image he has written: "To W.W. Howes from his friend Franklin D. Roosevelt." This photograph, by Washington, D.C., photographer Hessler Henderson, was inscribed by Roosevelt before the 1940 convention, probably in the early 1930s. Displayed in a blue leatherette presentation folder simulating a book, 16" x 21" x 1.25", with an ornate spine imprinted "Franklin / D. / Roosevelt" in gilt.
W.W. Howes (1887-1962) was FDR's first assistant postmaster general as well as a delegate to the 1940 Democratic National Convention. He resigned his post in protest after Roosevelt was nominated for a third term. Howes' immediate boss, Postmaster General James A. Farley, was also opposed to a third term and also resigned, mounting an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination easily won by Roosevelt on the first ballot, 946 to 72 for Farley, and 75 for three others.
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