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    FDR updates his "Who's Who in America" entry.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Note Signed.
    -September 26, 1919. One page. 8.5" x 11". Who's Who in America revision form.
    -To: Who's Who in America.
    -Original folds, small tears and chipping along top and right edges, else near fine.

    For the new 1920-21 edition of Who's Who in America, FDR adds new material to his previous personal sketch, which is glued to the page at upper left. The word "Democrat," written by FDR, is crossed out in pencil, presumably by an editor at Who's Who; while the following addition written by FDR is circled in pencil, to be included in the new edition: "In charge of inspection U.S. Naval forces in European waters, July-Sept. 1918 and of demobilization in Europe, Jan.-Feb. 1919. Overseer of Harvard University." The bottom of the form is signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt" and dated "Sept. 26 [191]9".

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    An update form from Who's Who in America from 1919, with the biography of FDR from a prior edition pasted on the form for revision purposes. FDR makes several updates and pens in some other accomplishments in his own hand, such as being "in charge of inspection of U.S. naval forces in European waters, July-Sept. 1918 and of demobilization in Europe-Jan-Feb, 1919." Interestingly enough, FDR seems to overemphasize the significance of his executive duties vis-a-vis American demobilization in his 1919 Who's Who revision in his own hand. FDR also adds that he is an "Overseer of Harvard" (a position he held until 1924). Some inked editorial changes include excision of one word ("Democrat"- quite an interesting word to excise on a document of this type, given the later fact that FDR would forever transform the Democratic Party in the United States) in FDR's own hand, plus full signature. A fantastic piece of history!

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