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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Carbon Copy of 1941 Last Will and Testament. Twenty-eight pages, 8.5" x 13", Hyde Park, New York; November 12, 1941. Fully annotated by Grace G. Tully, and signed by Ms. Tully. On the first page, Basil "Doc" O'Connor initialed the document, and instructed that the document be filed, also noting the date ("12/14/1941"). Grace G. Tully also signed FDR's name on the signature page, and signed "FDR" on the bottom left of each page throughout the document.

    This particular version of FDR's Last Will and Testament is significant in that a major change was made to the document in 1941 regarding Marguerite "Missy" LeHand, FDR's long-time personal secretary from Somerville, Massachusetts, including Missy in FDR's estate should the President pre-decease her. Missy was FDR's personal secretary from 1921 until 1941 when Missy was felled by a stroke that left her partly paralyzed and almost unable to speak. She went to Warm Springs to recover. There, she attempted suicide in the cottage where she lived. The Roosevelts were never told. She spent the last three years of her life back at her family home in Somerville, Massachusetts. After her stroke, in 1941 FDR was concerned what would happen to her financially should he die. FDR told Basil O'Connor to alter his will to leave a significant percentage of the interest on his estate to Missy. On July 30, 1944, while looking through old photos of FDR, she suffered a fatal cerebral embolism at age 46.

    Condition: Lightly rubbed in places with some creasing to corners.


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    May, 2021
    19th Wednesday
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