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    Franklin Roosevelt Autograph Note Signed, as President of the United States. A 3.75" x 2.25" Presidential card, with "The President" centered in engraved script on the center. Written to the mother of FDR's secretary Grace G. Tully. This personal handwritten note reads in full: "Many Happy Returns -/ Come and see me soon! / FDR/ For Mrs. Tully." Included is the original The White House transmittal envelope. No date.

    Grace G. Tully (1900-1984) was one of FDR's longest serving secretaries, and when Missy LeHand was stricken by a stroke in mid-1941, became FDR's principal secretary. Tully worked for the Democratic National Committee. She was assigned to help Eleanor Roosevelt, who was already organizing support for the 1928 Democratic Presidential nominee, Alfred E. Smith. When FDR was nominated for the New York governorship, Louis McHenry Howe co-opted Tully's services for the Roosevelt campaign, and thereafter Ms. Tully moved fully into the FDR orbit. As FDR's personal secretary, Tully was present at many of FDR's most memorable occasions as he made history during the 1930s and 1940s. Tully also oftentimes participated in FDR's late afternoon cocktail hour, the so-called "children's hour," and FDR frequently referred to Tully as "Child." Grace G. Tully was with FDR when he died at Warm Springs, Georgia on April 12, 1945.

    She spent her remaining working years on Capitol Hill as secretary for both Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Mike Mansfield. The FDR handwritten note to Grace Tully's mother is professionally matted and framed in dark wood to an overall dimension of the presentation piece of 8.5" x 6" on a decorative stand, the back of which houses the original The White House transmittal envelope. A wonderful handwritten and signed FDR item.


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, as President of the United States, with fabulous content, an autographed Presidential card, with "The President" centered in calligraphic script on the center of the 3 x 5" Presidential card, signed by FDR, with original The White House transmittal envelope, no date, written to the mother of FDR's secretary Grace G. Tully. This personal handwritten note on FDR's Presidential card reads in full: "Many Happy Returns –/ Come and see me soon!/ FDR/ For Mrs. Tully." FDR writes in his own hand "Many Happy Returns" above "The President" calligraphic script on the Presidential card, with the rest of FDR's handwritten comments below the calligraphic script. Grace G. Tully (1900-1984) was one of FDR's longest serving secretaries, and when Missy LeHand was stricken in mid-1941, became FDR's principal secretary. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, Tully was educated at parochial and convent schools, and before graduating went to work for Bishop (later Cardinal) Patrick Hayes, finishing her stenographic studies at night classes. After ten years in the employ of the Church, Tully searched for and found new work and excitement with the Democratic National Committee. She was assigned to help Eleanor Roosevelt, who was already organizing support for the 1928 Democratic Presidential nominee, Alfred E. Smith. When FDR was nominated for the New York governorship, Louis McHenry Howe coopted Tully's services for the Roosevelt campaign, and thereafter Ms. Tully moved fully into the FDR orbit. As FDR's personal secretary, Tully was present at many of FDR's most memorable occasions as he made history during the 1930s and 1940s. Tully also oftentimes participated in FDR's late afternoon cocktail hour, the so-called "children's hour," and FDR frequently referred to Tully as "Child." Grace G. Tully was with FDR when he died at Warm Springs, Georgia on April 12, 1945, and in her doting memoir entitled FDR: My Boss (a signed first edition of which is also part of this FDR Collection) she recounts in glowing fashion her long relationship with FDR and many of the personalities that comprised FDR's New Deal. Following FDR's death, Tully maintained the Washington apartment she shared with her mother, who was as ardent an FDR supporter as her daughter. She spent her remaining working years on Capitol Hill as secretary for both Senator Lyndon B. Johnson and Senator Mike Mansfield. FDR's handwritten note to Grace Tully's mother is professionally matted and framed in dark wood to an overall dimension of the presentation piece of 5 ½ x 7" on a decorative stand with decorative wood inlay, the back of which houses the original The White House transmittal envelope. A wonderful handwritten and signed FDR item.



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