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    An archive of ten FDR Typed Letters Signed from 1926.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Ten Typed Letters Signed as President of the American Construction Council. April 19, 1926. Warm Springs, Georgia. One page. 7.25" x 10.5". Vice President Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. To: Mr. [Dwight L.] Hoopingarner, Executive of the American Construction Council. FDR writes, "I sent you back the letters which I think are excellent. All goes well here and I shall be back in about two weeks. Very sincerely yours, FDR". Fine condition.

    There are also nine additional Typed Letters Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" included in this archive, as follows: January 29, 1926 (three so dated- six no date). No place. One page each. 7.25" x 10.5". Vice President Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. Eight of the nine letters have typewritten addressed envelopes of matching style to the letterheads stapled to them. To prominent civic, business, and industry leaders: C.P. Coleman, President of Worthington Pump and Machinery Company; E.J. Cornish, President of the National Lead Company; Judge Elbert H. Gary; Charles Hayden, President of Hayden Stone Company; Louis Horowitz, President of Thompson-Starrett Company; William Fellowes Morgan, Chairman of Merchants Refrigerating Company; C.D. Seger, President of the United States Rubber Company; A.M. Stewart, Chairman of the Board of James Stuart and Company; and C.H. Wooley, President of American Radiator Company. Fine condition.

    These letters have identical typed content as follows, in full, "I had hoped to get a chance to talk with you before going away but not being able to do so I want to ask that you give personally five or ten minutes of your time to Mr. Dwight L. Hoopingarner who will see you on my behalf. Mr. Hoopingarner is associated with me as the Executive of the American Construction Council which Secretary Hoover and I organized in 1922, and which, as you may recall, I have been serving as President since that time./ I am sure you will agree with me that the idea back of this movement, dealing as it does with the economic problems of the construction industry in its largest sense and their relation to the permanent prosperity of the nation, is one of the biggest conceptions ever inaugurated in modern industry, and should, with the safeguards that are provided for its conduct, command the hearty support of forward looking business men./ Very sincerely yours..."

    Ironically, these letters all mention (then) Secretary of Commerce Herbert Hoover who, of course, would later unsuccessfully run as an incumbent against Roosevelt for the presidency in 1932. It's safe to say that these two men did not agree politically but apparently were able to co-exist as leaders of this Council. To learn more as to what the American Construction Council was supposed to accomplish, we turn to a period news report. The New York Times of May 15, 1922 published an article about its formation. Under the headline "F.D. ROOSEVELT TO BE BUILDING ARBITER" it reads, in part, "Taking as its main purposes the restoration of public confidence in the building industry and the need for the union of all clements in an effort to raise its standards and efficiency, announcement has been made of the formation of the American Construction Council, with Franklin D. Roosevelt, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy, as Chairman./ Mr. Roosevelt will have the direction of the organized construction industry in somewhat the same manner as Judge Kenesaw M. Landis and Will H. Hays act as supreme arbiters in the baseball and motion picture industries. Mr. Roosevelt, however, will receive no pay./ The American Construction Council will be formally organized at meetings to be held on June 18 and 19, at which Secretary of Commerce Herbert C. Hoover will preside. Mr. Roosevelt will take charge next Fall, when he hopes to be fully recovered from his illness..."


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