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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -November 29, 1944. Washington, D.C. One page. 8" x 10.5". White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. S. L. Latimer, Jr., Publisher, The State, Columbia, South Carolina.
    -Mailing folds, two small marginal stains, else fine.

    FDR writes, "In its recent support of my candidacy, and of the war and peace programs of the administration, THE STATE took its place beside a number of other newspapers, some of them traditionally Republican, some describing themselves as independent, and some, like your own, on the side of the Democratic Party. As one of these, the STATE fought hard and effectively in the campaign. It was fighting for those policies which you and I believe are in the nation's best interest. But it was doing more than that. THE STATE was giving its readers a fine demonstration of our free press functioning at its best. It was pointing the way to a new and stronger national unity which our country must achieve to meet and surmount the problems that lie ahead of us. I believe America will achieve that essential unity. I think we have made a fine start-thanks to the STATE and those newspapers and spokesmen fighting side by side with it regardless of party leanings. Let us keep up the good work together." Roosevelt had just been elected to his historic fourth term.


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    Very interesting letter with political and World War II content sent by FDR to the Publisher of the Columbia, South Carolina The State newspaper after the 1944 election, dated November 29,1944, during FDR's last months, which is reflective in the poor quality of his usually robust and flowing signature. The letter, on The White House Washington stationery, is written to Mr. S. L. Latimer, Jr., the Publisher of The State, and FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Latimer:/ In its recent support of my candidacy, and of the war and peace programs of the administration, THE STATE took its place beside a number of other newspapers, some of them traditionally Republican, some describing themselves as independent, and some, like your own, on the side of the Democratic Party./ As one of these, the STATE fought hard and effectively in the campaign. It was fighting for those policies which you and I believe are in the nation's best interest./ But it was doing more than that. THE STATE was giving its readers a fine demonstration of our free press functioning at its best. It was pointing the way to a new and stronger national unity which our country must achieve to meet and surmount the problems that lie ahead of us./ I believe America will achieve that essential unity. I think we have made a fine start–thanks to the STATE and those newspapers and spokesmen fighting side by side with it regardless of party leanings. Let us keep up the good work together./ Sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." N.G. Gonzales and his two brothers, Ambrose E. and William E., first published The State newspaper on February 18, 1891, as a voice in opposition to the political "bosses" whom they perceived as dishonest and incompetent. The name The State  embodied the brothers' desire to create a record of events not only in the capital of Columbia, but across all of South Carolina. S. L. Latimer became the publisher of The State in 1943. A wonderful, wartime letter written by FDR in his last months after his successful fourth election as President of the United States, thanking Mr. Latimer and The State for their support in critical times for America.



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