DescriptionJames Roosevelt: Incredible Huge Lot of Personal and Business Correspondence.
A one of a kind Roosevelt family collection, a historic collection of scores of signatures, letters and documents from James Roosevelt, the oldest son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. This large collection contains typed and handwritten letters, memoranda, notes, receipts, telegrams, and includes an entire file of condolences sent to James Roosevelt, and carbons of his response letters, after the passing of his grandmother, FDR's mother Sara Delano Roosevelt, on September 7, 1941. The vast majority of the items date from 1941. Out of the hundreds of interesting items this cataloger's personal favorite is a handwritten letter from Page Huidekoper, secretary to Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy decrying the attack on Pearl Harbor (dated December 8, 1941) which wonderfully summarizes the outrage, patriotism, mood, and strength of the American people after the attack.
James Roosevelt was FDR's oldest son. He served on continuous active duty with the United States Marine Corps from 1940 through 1945. Though he could have undoubtedly chosen a safe assignment during the war, he accepted a perilous assignment as Executive Officer of Edson's 1st Marine Raider Battalion, and later as Executive Officer of Carlson's 2d Marine Raider Battalion. He earned the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism during the latter battalion's successful raid on Japanese-held Makin Island, August 17-18, 1942. He also won a Silver Star for actions later in the war. After the war he pursued a political career and was elected to the 84th Congress of the United States in November 1954, and served continuously from the 84th through the 89th Congresses as a Congressman from California. This large collection is a one of a kind and incredibly interesting collection of Roosevelt family memorabilia from the period immediately before America's entry into the war. This lot will provide hours of research and will likely yield many "gems".
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