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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -April 13, 1935. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. William Sulzer, New York City.
    -Fold, minor creases, else very good.

    FDR writes "I am grateful to you for that little note of yours about poor Warren Robbins. He was a splendid fellow and it is most untimely that his career should have been thus cut short." Warren Delano Robbins (1885-1935) was FDR's first cousin. He served as an American Minister to El Salvador, 1928, and Chief of Protocol to Herbert Hoover, but he also served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Canada under FDR, 1933 until his death in 1935. The letter's recipient, William Sulzer, was a former governor of New York.


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    A very interesting letter from FDR as President of the United States to former New York Governor William Sulzer, a one page, quarto, The White House Washington letterhead, April 13, 1935, in which FDR discusses the recent death of his first cousin Warren Delano Robbins. FDR writes: "Dear Bill:–/ I am grateful to you for that little note of yours about poor Warren Robbins. He was a splendid fellow and it is most untimely that his career should have been thus cut short./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Warren Delano Robbins (1885-1935), FDR's first cousin on his mother's side, was born September 3, 1885. He served as an American Minister to El Salvador, 1928 and Chief of Protocol to FDR's Republican predecessor Herbert Hoover, but he also served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Canada under FDR, 1933 until his death in 1935. Warren Delano Robbins was the son of the sister of FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt, Katherine Delano Robbins, also known as "Kassie" (1860-1953), who outlived her son by 18 years. FDR writes this letter about the death of his first cousin to former New York Governor William Sulzer, whose earlier handwritten letter dated January 1, 1913, Sulzer's fist day in office as Governor of New York while FDR was a member of the New York Senate shortly before resigning the office to accept appointment as President Woodrow Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy, is also part of this FDR Collection. Governor Sulzer was born March 18, 1863 in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and died November 6, 1941, in New York City. Sulzer was an American political leader, Democratic governor of New York (1913) who was impeached and removed from office as a result of his quarrel with the Tammany Hall Democratic political machine. Admitted to the bar in New York (1884), Sulzer entered politics as a Democrat affiliated with Tammany Hall. He served in the New York Assembly (1889–1894) and in the United States House of Representatives (1895–1912), and in 1912 he was elected governor of New York with the support of the Tammany organization. Soon after he took office, however, an intraparty fight between Sulzer and Tammany boss Charles F. Murphy led to Sulzer's impeachment on charges that were ambiguous and referred to conduct prior to his election as governor. The State Senate convicted him and removed him from office on October 18, 1913, after FDR had moved from the State Senate to Washington in his new Federal position with the Navy, in an action that has been described as a political lynching and is widely regarded as a blatant example of the misuse of the impeachment process for political or partisan purposes. He was elected to the state Assembly in a special election, November 4, 1913, but did not thereafter hold public office and engaged in the practice of law until his death the month before the Pearl Harbor attack by the Japanese that plunged America into World War II. An interesting and personal letter written by President and former New York Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt, to his gubernatorial predecessor, with whom he remained in contact in later years, concerning the death shortly before the date of this letter of his first cousin, Warren Delano Robbins.



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