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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed as President with Bill Signing Pen. One page, 7" x 9", July 24, 1940, Hyde Park, New York. The letter, to Captain Joseph M. Patterson, tells of the president signing H.R. 10100, "An Act To establish the composition of the United States Navy, to authorize the construction of certain naval vessels, and for other purposes." FDR adds, "Knowing of your great and helpful interest in this legislation, it occurred to me that you might care to have the pen with which I signed the Enroll Bill. I am sending it herewith and with it an expression of my sincere appreciation." The letter is framed in a shadow box with the 8" wood shaft dip pen (7.75" x 9.5" overall). Toned with light shadowing of the signature, else very fine.

    Joseph Medill Patterson was an American journalist who became one of the most significant publishers in the country, founding the New York Daily News and introducing tabloid newspapers to the United States. After Patterson graduated from Yale University, he covered the police beat for the Chicago Tribune, which was founded by his grandfather. Patterson feuded with his father and resigned and announced he was a socialist. After his father died, Patterson took over the management of the Tribune, but soon left and founded the Daily News as a tabloid newspaper.

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