DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "FDR" as New York Governor.
-November 10, 1931. Albany, New York. One page, 8" x 10.5". State of New York Executive Chamber letterhead.
-To: Jesse I. Strauss, New York, New York.
-With the usual fold creases, else very good.
FDR writes to the Honorable Jesse I. Strauss, then the Chairman of the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration, regarding FDR's major state government initiative to combat the Great Depression: "Dear Jesse:/ I inclose a letter from Mr. Mastick and I really agree with him that it is important that you stay on the Tax Commission at least until the report is made. Mastick tells me verbally that you do not have to do any work but he wants to be able to talk with you before the report goes in. As ever...".
As the Great Depression worsened after 1929, FDR moved farther to the political left, mobilizing the state government to provide relief and to aid in economic recovery. In the fall of 1931 he persuaded the Republican-dominated legislature to establish the Temporary Emergency Relief Administration (TERA), which eventually provided unemployment assistance to ten percent of New York's families. FDR's aggressive approach to the economic problems of his state, along with his overwhelming electoral victory in 1930, boosted FDR into the front ranks of contenders for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 1932.
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