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    FDR writes to presidential adviser Bernard Baruch about the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed.
    -March 16, 1921. New York City. One page. 5" x 6.5". Personal 52 Wall Street letterhead.
    -To: Bernard M. Baruch.
    -Folds, extraneous 1" x 1.5" paper fragment stuck to upper left corner affecting nothing, else fine.

    FDR writes to the statesman/ financier and future New Deal "brain trust" member, in part, "As you probably know, you have been appointed on the temporary committee chosen at yesterday's meeting to discuss the raising of a fund as a tribute to former President Woodrow Wilson, the income of this fund to be bestowed annually under certain conditions to be outlined./ There are only ten members of this temporary committee and I am asking them to come together at my house... I shall hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at that time..." Baruch had served as a key advisor to Wilson, becoming chairman of the War Industries Board. He would serve as an adviser and confidant to every president from Wilson to Kennedy. Roosevelt's attention to the Wilson Foundation was his last duty in New York City before embarking on his vacation to his cottage at Campobello, where he suffered his attack of poliomyelitis in August of that year.


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    FDR writes to Bernard M. Baruch hailing former President Woodrow Wilson in a TLS on FDR's personal 52 Wall Street letterhead, dated March 16, 1921. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Baruch:/ As you probably know, you have been appointed on the temporary committee chosen at yesterday's meeting to discuss the raising of a fund as a tribute to former President Woodrow Wilson, the income of this fund to be bestowed annually under certain conditions to be outlined./ There are only ten members of this temporary committee and I am asking them to come together at my house, 47 East 65th Street, next Tuesday afternoon, March 22nd, at 5 p.m. I shall hope to have the pleasure of seeing you at that time./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." FDR was within several months of contracting poliomyelitis when he served as a leading participant in what was later entitled the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The Wilson fund was termed by FDR the Wilson Memorial after this March, 1921 meeting, and the name of the fund was changed in July, 1921 to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. The name had been adopted after the ailing ex-President had written FDR, on July 4, 1921, protesting in jocular fashion the use of the word "Memorial" to describe the fund which FDR was raising. "Memorial" implied that he, Woodrow Wilson, was dead whereas he hoped "in the near future to give frequent evidences" that he was not. FDR's attention to the Woodrow Wilson Foundation was his last duty in New York City before embarking on his vacation to his cottage at Campobello, where he suffered his attack of poliomyelitis in August, 1921. This letter from FDR to Baruch also established more firmly a long-lasting and politically important relationship between these two men. Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965) was a financier and public official, and Baruch accumulated a large fortune with his business acumen. President Wilson appointed him to the advisory commission of the Council of National Defense and Baruch became chairman of the War Industries Board in 1918. He served in numerous advisory capacities and was a confidante of every President from Wilson to Kennedy, including Franklin D. Roosevelt. A fabulous and historic letter from FDR to Baruch.



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