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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President with Holographic Addition.
    -November 29, 1940. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Governor A. Harry Moore, Trenton, New Jersey.
    -Multiple folds, a few small stains, overall good.

    FDR writes "It was good to get your letter of November 27, and to hear that you are ready to dedicate the Thomas Alva Edison bridge. I am sorry that I can not be present at these ceremonies, but if my present plans work out I expect to be on a brief vacation in the South on the fourteenth. Will you please be good enough to extend my sincere greetings to all those attending the dedication ceremonies. and especially to the Gov. Elect! (the italicized words are written in FDR's own hand). With all good wishes." Arthur Harry Moore (1879-1952) was the 39th Governor of New Jersey and a United States Senator. The Governor-Elect mentioned by Roosevelt was Charles Edison, son of the great inventor.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed Letter Signed. One page (conjoining leaves), very interesting content, including some six words written in FDR's own hand: The White House, Washington, November 29, 1940, written in the month of FDR's historic third election as President, to A. Harry Moore, the Governor of New Jersey. FDR writes: "Dear Harry:/ It was good to get your letter of November 27, and to hear that you are ready to dedicate the Thomas Alva Edison bridge. I am sorry that I can not be present at these ceremonies, but if my present plans work out I expect to be on a brief vacation in the South on the fourteenth./ Will you please be good enough to extend my sincere greetings to all those attending the dedication ceremonies. and especially to the Gov. Elect! [the italicized words are written in FDR's own hand]./ With all good wishes,/ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Arthur Harry Moore (1879-1952) was the 39th Governor of New Jersey and a United States Senator. Moore was born in the Lafayette section of Jersey City. In 1911, Moore married Jennie Hastings Stevens. A Democrat, he entered politics in 1913. Supported by Mayor of Jersey City, Frank "Boss" Hague and his political machine, Moore was elected Governor of New Jersey in 1925, and served from 1926-1928. Running on an anti-prohibition platform, he carried only three counties, but won by such a wide margin in Hudson County, he was able to carry the State of New Jersey. Since the State Constitution prohibited him from succeeding himself, he had to wait until 1931 to run again. With the country in the grips of the Great Depression, Moore easily won a second term and served from 1932 to 1934. It was here that Moore gained national prominence when he took charge of the investigation into the Lindbergh baby kidnaping in 1932. In 1934, he was elected to the United States Senate for one term. Moore was not happy in Congress, which he referred to as the "Cave of Wind." Despite supporting the New Deal, he felt uneasy with several Federal programs. Moore resigned from the Senate in 1938, to serve a third term as Governor of New Jersey. Moore was the only Governor to serve three non-consecutive terms. His third term was marred with widespread charges of voter fraud in Hudson County. Moore refused to run for a fourth term, which brought him at odds with Mayor Hague. After 1941, Moore went into private law practice. Moore died from a heart attack while driving his car along Route 29 in Branchburg Township, New Jersey in 1952. In this letter to Governor Moore, FDR writes in his own hand to extend his greetings to the Governor Elect of New Jersey, the son of the man for whom he Thomas Alva Edison bridge was being dedicated, Governor-Elect Charles Edison! Charles Edison (1890-1969) was a Cabinet member under FDR as well as Governor of New Jersey, born in Llewellyn Park, the son of Thomas Alva Edison. Joining Edison Illuminating Company in 1914, he improved working conditions, becoming president in 1926. A Democrat, he co-chaired the New Jersey State Recovery Board (1933-1936) and as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1936-1939), then Secretary of the Navy (1939-1940), he reorganized the fleet. New Jersey's Governor (1941-1944), he challenged boss Frank Hague, returning to the Edison Company afterward. A very interesting letter in which FDR writes in his own hand a special greeting to be conveyed by the outgoing to the incoming Governor of New Jersey relating to the dedication of a bridge named in special recognition of the father of the Governor-Elect.



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