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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signature as Commander-in-Chief with Typed Quote Added.
    -[Undated]. [No place]. 7" x 3.5". Clipped from a larger document or letter.
    -A bold signature in fine condition.

    On December 8, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before the United States Congress and delivered an impassioned request for a declaration of war against Japan that began: "Yesterday, December 7, 1941-a date that will live in infamy-the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan." Roosevelt's immortal lines have been typed beneath his signature on the clipped closing section of an original war-time letter. In addition to featuring a nice example of FDR's full signature, the President has also signed "C. in C." (Commander-in-Chief) below. The green-tinged stationery is consistent with the White House stationery in use during this period. Given the font style it is obvious that the quote was typed at a much later date.


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    A unique and truly wonderful item: FDR signs his full name as Commander in Chief! The signature, "Franklin D. Roosevelt" is on lime green stationery, consistent with The White House, Washington stationery at the time of his Presidency, and below his signature is written, in FDR's own hand, "C. in C." Below the signature is typed "‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date that will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.'/ December 8, 1941." The typed portion from FDR's message to the Joint Session of Congress that declared war upon Japan on December 8, 1941, was undoubtedly printed at a later date, but most appropriate given that FDR signs his name as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States of America. A one of a kind and very special item.



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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
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