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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
    -November 24, 1916. Washington, D.C. One page. 7"x 9". Embossed Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead.
    -To: Admiral William F. Fullam, Commander Reserve Force, Pacific Fleet, U.S.S. Colorado.
    -Folds, light aging, else very good.

    A personal letter in which FDR opens with the somewhat sarcastic comment that he "...is sorry about the man who deserted and hopes the authorities will get him." At the time of this letter, William F. Fullam (1855 - 1926) had just finished a term as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He would command in the Pacific throughout the First World War.


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    A terrific letter dated November 24, 1915 on The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington letterhead to Rear Admiral William F. Fullam, Commander, Reserve Force, Pacific Fleet on board the U.S.S. Colorado. "My dear Admiral:/ I am too sorry about the man who deserted and I hope the authorities will get him./ It was so nice to see Mrs. Fullam at Hyde Park. They are keeping me so busy down here that I have little opportunity to be at home, though we are leaving the children there until after Christmas./ Always sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." William Freeland Fullam, born October 20, 1855 in Pittsford, NY, was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1877. Know as one of the "young Turks" being reform-minded in his Naval duties, Fullam's commands through his long and distinguished naval career ranged from the sailing ship Chesapeake in 1904 to the battleship Mississippi in 1909. During World War I, Rear Admiral Fullam commanded the Reserve Force, Pacific Fleet, and Patrol Force, Pacific Fleet, and was senior officer in command of the Pacific Fleet during the absence of the Fleet's Commander-in-Chief in South Atlantic waters. The merit of his service in such responsible positions was recognized with the award of the Navy Cross. Chief among his assignments ashore was the superintendency of the Naval Academy in 1914 and 1916. Rear Admiral Fullam retired October 8, 1919, and died September 23, 1926 at Washington, D.C. A wonderful personal letter from FDR to Rear Admiral Fullam, with humorous content about the fate of a deserter, and FDR making reference to his children and the Christmas holiday.



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