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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Signed Photograph as President.
    -[no date] Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C. 8" x 10". Black and white. Matted and framed to 26.75" x 22.75".
    -To: Admiral Percival S. Rossiter, former Surgeon General.
    -Very fine.

    This superb Harris and Ewing Presidential portrait of FDR is inscribed and signed (in full): "For Percival S. Rossiter-my Surgeon General / with my very warm regards / Franklin D. Roosevelt". Rossiter's support of FDR's dream of building a federal medical facility helped create the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The photo is elegantly double-matted and framed with the Presidential Seal, a brief biography of FDR, and a description of the recipient.

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    An 8 x 10" photographic portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt and presentation piece dedicated to FDR's Surgeon General, Admiral Percival S. Rossiter. Below his portrait FDR writes in his own hand: "For Percival S. Rossiter–my [underlined] Surgeon General/ with my very warm regards./ Franklin D. Roosevelt." It was Admiral Rossiter's support of FDR's dream of a national Naval medical center that was instrumental in the creation of the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Maryland. Ground was broken for the Naval Medical Center on June 29, 1939 by Rear Admiral Percival S. Rossiter. President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Tower on Armistice Day, November 11, 1940. This wonderful signed and dedicated photographic portrait to Admiral Rossiter, FDR's Surgeon General, is in a wonderful display piece, with two brass plaques: a biographical sketch of FDR and a narration concerning FDR's photographic portrait dedicated to his Surgeon General. The entire professionally matted and framed presentation piece measures 22 ½ x 26 ½," and is a wonderful and personal memento from FDR's Surgeon General, Admiral Percival S. Rossiter.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    7th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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