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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy Regarding a Democratic "Get-Together" at Hyde Park.
    -May 28, 1920. Washington, D.C. One page, 8" x 10.25". Navy Department letterhead.
    -To: William A. Dardess, Chatham, Massachusetts.
    -Very good.

    A truly fascinating letter dated exactly one month prior to the opening gavel of the 1920 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco that nominated FDR for Vice President of the United States, along with Presidential candidate James M. Cox of Ohio. On The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington letterhead, FDR writes to Dardess concerning a special meeting FDR is putting together for Democrats, perhaps in preparation for his eventual vice presidential nomination. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Dardess:/ On the afternoon of June 5th, 1920, at my home at Hyde Park, I am going to have a very informal 'get-together' meeting of the members of the Democratic County Committees and other prominent Democrats from Putnam Orange, Columbia, and Dutchess Counties. There is no intention of transacting any business but simply to give us all a better opportunity to know each other and to talk over the general situation. I thought we could meet about 3:30 p.m., and I shall be very glad if you can motor to my place and I shall also be very glad if you will bring any members of your family./ My place is on the Post Road between the road and the river and about four and a half miles north of Poughkeepsie and two miles south of Hyde Park. In order that you may know the gate posts, I will have an American flag strung across the road and when you get to this, turn in, and you will receive a hearty welcome. Would you be good enough to drop me a line here at the Navy Department to let me know whether I may expect you?/ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt". It would appear that FDR was lining up political supporters shortly before the convening of the 1920 Democratic National Convention. A rare and historic letter by the soon to be departed Assistant Secretary of the Navy.


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