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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Copy of Ernest Thompson Seton: Two Little Savages: Being the Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Page and Company, 1917), 552 pages, 300 illustrations by Seton, green cloth with orange and black titles and decorations, 8vo (5.5" x 8"), front endpaper inscribed and signed in full "St. Alban School / 1920 / Class C. / 2nd Prize for Best Essay / Won by Robert Walker Davis / Given by Franklin D Roosevelt". This book was given to a schoolboy by FDR, who was a judge in the St. Alban's School competition in 1920. St. Alban's, the National Cathedral School for Boys, remains a college preparatory institution chartered by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation in Washington, D.C. This rare copy is in very good condition with considerable wear on the spine and some minor toning in the paper.

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    1917 edition of Two Little Savages by Ernest Thompson Seton.  As the inside cover states, Two Little Savages is concerned with "Being the Adventures of Two Boys Who Lived as Indians and What They Learned.  With Over Three Hundred Drawings." This book was given to a school boy by FDR as a judge in the St. Alban's School competition in 1920.  St. Alban's School, the National Cathedral School for Boys, remains today a college preparatory school, chartered by the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation, in Washington, D. C.  Two Little Savages is inscribed to the second place winner (with a full signature) by the competition's judge, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Other than the volunteer work FDR conducted on behalf of his Episcopal church that year, 1920 was a significant one for FDR: he finished his over seven year tenure as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and was nominated as the vice presidential candidate, with Governor James M. Cox of Ohio as the Democratic presidential candidate in 1920.  Cox became the Democrat's choice for president in 1920 on the forty fourth ballot.  Cox then selected Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate after his successful nomination. Cox and FDR campaigned for President Woodrow Wilson's policies of domestic reform and continued international cooperation, but lost the election to Republicans Warren G. Harding (also from Ohio) and Calvin Coolidge. FDR writes in his own hand on the inside cover of Two Little Savages: "St. Albans School/ 1920/ Class C./ 2nd Prize for Best Essay/ Won by/ Robert Walker Davis/ Given by/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." The book is in excellent condition, and FDR's handwriting is very bold.  A very unique piece given by Judge Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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