DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
-February 8, 1937. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
-To: Mr. Dwight L. Hoopingarner, New York City.
-Fold, else fine.
FDR writes "I am awfully sorry you were bumped by the train. I had no idea that you had started an argument with one!/ Your suggestion is a mighty interesting one and I am sending it on to Bob Wagner who is working hard on the proposed legislation. I do hope you will run in and see me some day when you are all right again." Dwight L. "Hoopy" Hoopingarner served as the executive of the American Construction Council, and later, when FDR was president, served him on the executive council of the National Emergency Council.
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Franklin D. Roosevelt, one page, quarto, The White House Washington letterhead, February 8, 1937, to Dwight L. Hoopingarner, with original transmittal envelope, and very humorous content! FDR writes: "Dear Hoopy:–/ I am awfully sorry you were bumped by the train. I had no idea that you had started an argument with one!/ Your suggestion is a mighty interesting one and I am sending it on to Bob Wagner who is working hard on the proposed legislation./ I do hope you will run in and see me some day when you are all right again./ Always sincerely,/ FDR." Dwight L. Hoopingarner served as the executive of the American Construction Council, and later, when FDR was president, served him on the executive council of the National Emergency Council. The American Construction Council was founded as a trade association that attempted to bring order into the building business. FDR makes mention in this humorous letter to Hoopy of Bob Wagner and proposed legislation. Robert Ferdinand Wagner, the youngest of nine children, was born in Hesse-Nassau, Germany, on June 8, 1877. His family emigrated to the United States in 1885 and settled in New York City. Wagner was unable to speak English when he started school but he was a good student and eventually graduated from the New York City College (1898) and the New York Law School (1900). Wagner was active in the Democratic Party and with the support of Charles Murphy and the Tammany Society he won a seat in the state legislature in 1904 and four years later was elected to the State Senate. Wagner took a particular interest in industrial working conditions and developed a sympathy for the emerging trade union movement. In 1919 Wagner became a justice of the New York Supreme Court. He held this position to 1926 when he was elected to the United States Senate. During his first term Wagner failed in his attempts to persuade Congress to pass legislation to help trade unions and the unemployed. In 1933 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Wagner as the first chairman of the National Recovery Administration. Wagner became an important figure in the Roosevelt Administration and helped draft the National Industrial Recovery Act, the Federal Emergency Relief Administration, the Social Security Act, and the National Labor Relations Act, which is commonly called the Wagner Act. In 1937 Wagner persuaded Congress to establish the United States Housing Authority, an agency to provide loans for low-cost public housing, legislation to which FDR is most probably referring in this letter to Hoopy, who in 1937 was still serving at the American Construction Council. However, Wagner was less successful in his attempts to create a national health care system. He also failed to convince Congress to pass anti-lynching legislation. Wagner resigned from the Senate for health reasons in 1949. However, he recovered and spent his last few years helping to establish the new nation of Israel. Robert Ferdinand Wagner died in New York City on May 4, 1953. A very interesting, personal, and humorous letter to FDR's early associate Dwight L. "Hoopy" Hoopingarner.
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