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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Note Twice Signed "FDR" (Once in Third Person) Regarding a Political Appointment.
    -[circa February 1934]. [Washington, D.C]. One page. 4" x 5.5", lined paper.
    -To: Postmaster General [James Farley]
    -Fine condition with paperclip imprints and light crinkling.

    FDR writes, in full: "P.M.G./ C.C. Carlin says:/ Norman Hamilton was our orig. FDR man in Va. For Coll.[ector] of Customs in Portsmouth./ Byrd will oppose because he was for me?/ FDR". This is in regards to a recommendation made in behalf of Norman Hamilton for appointment as Collector of Customs in Portsmouth, Virginia. FDR thought it wise to not name him to that position because of opposition by Senator Harry F. Byrd (D- VA). Norman R. Hamilton was a prominent newspaper publisher in Portsmouth and served as a U.S. congressman from 1937 to 1939. During this period of time, the postmaster general was in charge of coordinating such political appointments. An interesting item that shows the tension between these two Democrats; Byrd would later break with Roosevelt and oppose the New Deal.

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