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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Legal Document Signed as Acting Secretary of the Navy Concerning a Lawsuit.
    -March 5, 1915. Washington, D.C. Signature on one page, 8.5" x 14". United States of American, Navy Department letterhead.
    -Toning, tears, and chips (none affecting signature), generally very good.

    Complete legal documents/depositions of a lawsuit involving the Navy Department of the United States of America and a Navy contractor for unfinished work on construction of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Great Lakes, Illinois during the administration of FDR's cousin Theodore Roosevelt in 1907. The cover sheet of the 100-plus page document, with official Navy Department, United States of America blue ribbon embossed seal, is signed on March 4, 1915 by Franklin D. Roosevelt as Acting Secretary of the Navy. The text of the cover page reads, in part: "I hereby certify that the annexed are true copies of reports and other documents relating to the contract of May 31, 1907, between the Noel Construction Company and the United States for the construction of ten buildings at the naval training station, Great Lakes, Ill., on file in this Department." It is signed by FDR as Acting Secretary of the Navy. The deposition itself consists of 100-plus pages (measuring 8.5" x 12.5"), and contains occasional penciled marginalia. Also included in this lot is a 6" x 9.25" document prepared for the Court of Appeals, District of Columbia in October, 1919, in slim stapled wraps with the court's red rubber stamp to cover and with a vertical fold down the middle.

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