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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President to His 1920 Running Mate.
    -September 27, 1944. Washington, D.C. One page, 7" x 8.75". White House letterhead.
    -To: James M. Cox, Dayton, Ohio.
    -Usual crease and light pencil notation, else fine.

    Letter of thanks written to the Honorable James M. Cox of Ohio, FDR's Presidential running mate on the 1920 Democratic ticket in which FDR served as the Vice Presidential candidate. FDR writes: "Dear Jim:/ Ever so many thanks for your telegram of September twenty-third. Of course I am delighted to have your approval./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt".

    James Middleton Cox (1870-1957) served in the United States House of Representatives (1909-1913) and as Governor of Ohio (1913-1915, 1917-1921), where he introduced workmen's compensation, minimum wage, and the initiative and referendum legislation. Cox was nominated for president by the Democrats in 1920, along with FDR at his side as the Vice Presidential nominee, but he was defeated in a landslide in which the Republicans not only recaptured the Presidency but won the largest number of seats in the United States House of Representatives they had ever held. FDR kept his contacts with Cox alive until FDR's own passing on April 12, 1945, as evidenced by this personal letter to his old running mate.

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