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    FDR writes about a "...colored swimming pool..." at Warm Springs.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor.
    -July 1, 1929. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". State of New York letterhead.
    -To: Basil ("Doc") O'Connor.
    -Original folds, two-hole punched along left edge, minor wear, else fine.

    In this letter to his friend and law partner, "Doc" O'Connor, FDR writes (in part): "I enclose letter from George Foster Peabody in regard to the colored swimming pool. Please note and send it on with the plans to Arthur E. Carpenter." George Foster Peabody (1852-1938) was a New York banker and philanthropist who sold the property at Warm Springs, Georgia, to FDR. It was at Peabody's suggestion that FDR first visited the springs in 1924. Arthur E. Carpenter was the manager of the Foundation at the time of this letter to O'Connor, including FDR's reference to the "colored" swimming pool at Warm Springs, then part of the segregationist South. The Roosevelt and O'Connor dated stamp is at top right. The original envelope is included.


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    A very interesting letter from FDR to his friend and law partner Basil [Doc] O'Connor, dated July 1, 1929, on State of New York, Executive Chamber, Albany letterhead. FDR writes: "Dear Doc:/ I enclose letter from George Foster Peabody in regard to the colored swimming pool. Please note and send it on with the plans to Arthur E. Carpenter./ Sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." The letter is docketed to the law firm of Roosevelt & O'Connor on July 2, 1929. George Foster Peabody (1852-1938) was a New York banker and philanthropist who acquired, in 1923, the property at Warm Springs, Georgia, near his boyhood home. FDR later purchased and developed this site as the home for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a health resort, and at the time one of the premier centers for the treatment of infantile paralysis/polio. It was at Peabody's suggestion that FDR first visited the springs in 1924, FDR himself searching for a remedy to allow him to walk again after his August, 1921 attack of the virus. Arthur E. Carpenter was the manager of the Foundation at the time of FDR's letter to Doc O'Connor. A particularly interesting commentary by FDR, referring to the "colored" swimming pool at Warm Springs, in the segregationist South at the time.



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