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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Acting Secretary of the Navy.
    -July 9, 1917. Washington, D.C. One page. 8" x 10.25". Navy Department letterhead.
    -To: J. M. Ham of Milbrook, New York.
    -Paper toned and slightly cockled with a couple of small splits in the fold creases, fold crease across FDR's signature with a small tear affecting the "t" in Roosevelt, else good condition.

    FDR writes (in part): "I really think that far and away the best opportunity for your boy is the second Plattsburg Camp. He ought to find out about his application at once and, as I told you over the telephone, should go to Governors Island and, if possible, try to see Major Willard Straight, and, if he will present this letter to Major Straight, it will be a sufficient introduction. I am also enclosing a letter of recommendation to General Bell, which he can file with his papers."


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    FDR signature, signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, July 9, 1917 on Navy Department Assistant Secretary of the Navy Washington letterhead. FDR writes to J. M. Ham, Esq., of Millbrook, New York: "My dear Mr. Ham:/ I really think that far and away the best opportunity for your boy is the second Plattsburg Camp. He ought to find out about his application at once and, as I told you over the telephone, should go to Governors Island and, if possible, try to see Major Willard Straight, and, if he will present this letter to Major Straight, it will be a sufficient introduction. I am also enclosing a letter of recommendation to General Bell, which he can file with his papers./ Always sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Willard Dickerman Straight helped finance the publication of New Republic magazine in 1914, and he was a strong supporter of his alma mater, Cornell University. Straight enlisted in the Army in 1917 and was stationed at Governors Island, New York, before he went to France during the Great War. While Willard was in the army, his wife Dorothy Payne Whitney Straight, heiress to the Whitney fortune, worked for many volunteer groups at home. Major Willard Straight developed pneumonia from a bad case of influenza and died in Paris in 1918; he was 38. Cornell's Student Union Building, Willard Straight Hall, opened in 1925, and was conceived as a memorial to Major Straight by his wife. A very interesting letter in which FDR keeps up his ties to his native New York despite his Federal employment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, with nice references to Willard Straight.



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