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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor-Elect.
    -December 19, 1928. New York City. One page. 7.25" x 10.5". Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
    -Thomas Pryor Gore (former Democratic senator from Oklahoma)
    -Mailing folds, very light paper clip impression, else very fine.

    Less than two weeks before his inauguration as New York governor, FDR shows early signs of his national ambitions. He writes, in full, "My dear Senator:/ Your delightful letter to me at Warm Springs has been forwarded to me here./ I hope you will let me keep the copy of your letter to Chairman Raskob. You have made a fine analysis of the situation and I would like to have it for reference./ The suggestion for a National meeting not later than the Spring of 1930 I hope will be acted upon favorably./ I might say that I have fine letters from Oklahoma and feel sure tht [sic] the State will return to the Democratic column as soon as given a chance./I hope to see you soon either here or at Washington./ Sincerely yours..." Thomas Gore was an interesting character in Oklahoma and U.S. history. Blind since childhood and a lawyer by trade, he served as one of the first two senators from the then-new state of Oklahoma from 1907 until 1920 when he was defeated for re-election, possibly because of his opposition to the U.S. entry into WWI. He did return to the Senate in 1931 where he initially supported Roosevelt's New Deal but later feuded with him. Writer Gore Vidal is his grandson. The Raskob mentioned in the letter was businessman John J. Raskob, then chairman of the Democratic National Convention and a major supporter of Al Smith. Raskob would later be a very prominent opponent of the New Deal through his support of a number of anti-Roosevelt organizations including the American Liberty League.


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    A typed letter Signed, 1 page 4to, Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Vice President/ Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead, December 19, 1928 to U. S. Senator Thomas Pryor Gore of Oklahoma. FDR writes, a month after his election as Governor of New York, clearly foreshadowing his national ambitions and major role in the Democratic Party: "My dear Senator:/ Your delightful letter to me at Warm Springs has been forwarded to me here./ I hope you will let me keep the copy of your letter to Chairman Raskob. You have made a fine analysis of the situation and I would like to have it for reference./ The suggestion for a National meeting not later than the Spring of 1930 I hope will be acted upon favorably./I might say that I have fine letters from Oklahoma and feel sure tht [sic] the State will return to the Democratic column as soon as given a chance./I hope to see you soon either here or at Washington./ Sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." At the age of twelve, Thomas Pryor Gore (1870-1949) began his political involvement by serving as a page in the Mississippi state senate. Thomas P. Gore was born in Webster County, Mississippi, December 10, 1870. After receiving a common school education, he entered the law school of Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tennessee, from where he graduated in 1892. In 1896, he settled in Texas and lived years later, at Lawton, Oklahoma. In 1902, he was elected to the upper house of the Territorial Legislative Assembly. When the state of Oklahoma was admitted into the Union, he was elected as one of its first United States Senators. Although he had been blinded by two childhood accidents, Gore never let his disability interfere with his dream--to become a United States Senator. After receiving his law degree, he became a popular stump speaker on the behalf of the People's (or Populist) Party. With the demise of the Populists, Gore rejoined the Democratic Party, although he retained many of the Populist's principles. He was reelected in 1908 and again in 1914. He again served as a United States Senator from 1931-1937, and was a member of the Democratic National Committee from Oklahoma in 1936, the year of FDR's  to the Presidency. This letter is a terrific example the emerging alliance between two Democratic powerhouses of the first half of the twentieth century, both connected by their respective physical disabilities, a wonderful example of what people with physical disabilities can achieve. Senator Gore was also the grandfather of noted writer Gore Vidal, who was raised in Washington, D.C. in the house of his grandfather.



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