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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed.
    -June 5, 1924. Hyde Park, New York. One page. 8.5" x 11". Personal Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York letterhead.
    -To: Dr. J. J. Mattison.
    -Folds, minor crinkling, and a few tiny stains, else fine.

    FDR writes regarding the upcoming Democratic National Convention, in part, "I was glad to get your letter and to find that you feel as I do about the unquestionable wisdom of nominating Governor Smith as our Presidential Candidate./ There will be a great deal that you can do to help us out, particularly if you have friends in other states to whom you feel you can write frankly about the Governor... This is a very important matter, and the success or failure of our campaign seems likely to depend on the extent to which we can get in personal touch with either the delegates or friends of delegates from other states..." This particular convention, in which Roosevelt gave his famous "Happy Warrior" speech placing Smith's name in nomination, was the longest political convention in U.S. history. It took 103 ballots to finally nominate compromise candidate John W. Davis, who would lose to incumbent President Calvin Coolidge.


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    A fabulous and historic letter written by FDR during the period of time he was re-emerging as a public figure after being stricken with poliomyelitis in August, 1921. Written on Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York letterhead, dated June 5, 1924, FDR writes to Dr. J. J. Mattison in support of New York Governor Alfred E. Smith's run for the Democratic nomination for President in 1924. FDR writes: "My dear Dr. Mattison:/ I was glad to get your letter and to find that you feel as I do about the unquestionable wisdom of nominating Governor Smith as our Presidential Candidate./ There will be a great deal that you can do to help us out, particularly if you have friends in other states to whom you feel you can write frankly about the Governor. If so, would you mind sending me the names and addresses (addressing me at my residence, 49 East 65th Street), and a little later would you write them a letter for us?/ This is a very important matter, and the success or failure of our campaign seems likely to depend on the extent to which we can get in personal touch with either the delegates or friends of delegates from other states./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." This letter is from a crucial period of time in FDR's personal as well as professional life. The first break in FDR's difficult routine of intense therapy for poliomyelitis came when he briefly re-entered public life in 1924. FDR delivered the famous "Happy Warrior" speech nominating Governor Alfred E. Smith of New York for President at the Democratic National Convention. Delegates and citizens received him with acclaim not only for the speech, but also for his physical courage. Frances Perkins, later appointed by FDR as the first woman in American history to serve in the Presidential cabinet, wrote, "Franklin Roosevelt underwent a spiritual transformation during the years of his illness.... The man emerged completely warmhearted, with humility of spirit and with a deeper philosophy. Having been to the depths of trouble, he understood the problems of people in trouble." The 1924 Democratic National Convention was held in New York City, and was also the longest in American history, lasting seventeen days. FDR shows evidences of his emergence as a national figure in the Democratic Party in this letter to Dr. Mattison, re-emerging in his capacity as the manager of Smith's unsuccessful Presidential campaign in 1924.



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