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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor.
    -December 5, 1930. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". From Warm Springs, Georgia on gold embossed Executive Chamber letterhead.
    -To: Mr. Frank C. Walker, New York City.
    -Folds, small area of loss and staple perforations to upper left corner, else good.

    FDR writes to personally thank Mr. Walker for "...your most generous contribution towards the campaign fund."


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    Perhaps one of the first correspondences between Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Frank C. Walker, a personal and political partnership that would endure from FDR's thanks at Walker's financial assistance in his successful gubernatorial  campaign in 1930 to his fourth Presidential administration. This letter, obtained from Walker's estate, is on State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead, dated December 5, 1930 from Warm Springs, Georgia, FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Walker:/ I am down here at Warm Springs, Georgia, getting a little rest after the campaign and getting ready for what promises to be a very busy five or six months in Albany. I want you to know how very appreciative I personally am of your most generous contribution towards the campaign fund. It was perfectly fine of you and I want you to know that it did not pass unnoticed./ I hope that some day I shall have a chance to talk with you of many things. If you are to be in New York this winter I wonder if you and any of your family that you care to bring would not come to Albany and spend the night with us. I shall be here until December fifteenth and return here again after the adjournment of the Legislature and the cleaning up of the thirty day bills./ My best wishes to you and thank you again for your help./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Frank Comerford Walker (1886-1959) was born in Plymouth, Pennsylvania on May 30, 1886. He was a member of Montana state legislature, 1913, and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. In 1940 FDR parted ways with his long time associate, political confidante and campaign manager, James Aloysius Farley, who together with Louis McHenry Howe (the passing of whom is the subject of another personal correspondence in this collection) was most responsible for the successful strategy that led to FDR's election to the Presidency in 1932. Farley disagreed with FDR when the President decided to run for a third term in 1940 (Farley himself aspiring to be the Democratic nominee for president that fateful year), and as a consequence Farley resigned from the government in 1940, returned to the business world and was appointed chairman of a Coca-Cola division. FDR then appointed Frank C. Walker to Farley's former post of Postmaster General, which he served for the remainder of FDR's Presidency. Frank C. Walker also served as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, 1943-1944, and a was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania in 1944. Frank C. Walker died September 13, 1959. Note that FDR addresses Frank C. Walker most formally in his salutation as "Mr. Walker." The subsequently dated FDR/Walker correspondences in this collection employ a much more familiar salutation and personal tone by FDR. The development and growth of the partnership between FDR and Walker is well documented in this collection with several very important correspondences.



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