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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Check Endorsement.
    -January 28, 1944. Brooklyn, New York. One page. 8.25" x 3".
    -$10 check from Revered Cornelius Greenway drawn on the Manufacturers Trust Company and made out to FDR. Endorsed in full on verso above stamp in red ink that states "Pay to the order of National City Bank Georgia Warm Springs Foundation." Directly below the stamp, also in red ink, is a cancellation stamp from the National City Bank of New York, dated February 18, 1944, with the notation that the check was paid.
    -Soiling, staple mark on upper left corner, else very good.

    Reverend Greenway was an autograph collector as well a practitioner of good works. This donation was routed to Warm Springs and thus met the requirements of both activities.


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    A one of a kind item, a bank check made out to Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 28, 1944 by Cornelius Greenway for $10, drawn on the Manufacturers Trust Company, 1144 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. On the verso of the bank check is FDR's full signature endorsing the check and a note (in another hand) stating: "Pay to the order of Georgia Warm Springs Foundation." Below FDR's bold signature of endorsement is a stamp in red ink that states "Pay to the order of National City Bank Georgia Warm Springs Foundation." Directly below the stamp, also in red ink, is a cancellation stamp from the National City Bank of New York, dated February 18, 1944, with the notation that the check was paid. The check and the signatures of FDR and Cornelius Greenway are in pristine condition. Undoubtedly the check was related to FDR's sixty second birthday, January 30, 1944, the time each year when money was raised for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. In 1934, FDR's close friend and former law partner Basil O'Connor began raising funds for the treatment of polio by organizing fund raising dances each year in honor of the President's Birthday. The first Birthday Ball raised over $1 million dollars. FDR then urged O'Connor to found The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, which by 1938 became known as The March of Dimes.  The Reverend Cornelius Greenway lived from 1896 to 1968, and he was a Unitarian minister at the Unitarian Church of Taunton, Massachusetts, and at All Souls Universalist Church, Brooklyn New York. Reverend Greenway was also a passionate autograph collector, his noted quotation on the subject being "I hunt big game with a fountain pen!" Greenway was also an active contributor to noted charities, including his support of the work of Mahatma Gandhi. For example, Reverend Greenway wrote a letter to Gandhi on September 17, 1931, from the All Souls Universalist Church in Brooklyn, New York along with a donation of $25, collected from friends interested in Gandhi's work. Greenway congratulated Gandhi on the spiritual quality of his broadcast from London, and said: "We need it desperately for we sing songs of peace and prepare for war." Reverend Greenway continued: "When the War broke out in 1917 I was a student and enlisted. Twice was I wounded, once by 5 machine gun bullets. I know what War is like and with God's help I hope ever to remain strong enough to denounce War and to further the cause of Peace." A very rare item, which also shows FDR's continued attention and devotion to his Foundation for the cure of infantile paralysis during the end period of his Presidency and World War II. A truly fabulous and one of a kind item.



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