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    "It is unfortunate that the Governor was defeated after such acts of ignorance and bigotry..."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed with Holographic Corrections as New York Governor Regarding Al Smith's Defeat.
    -January 21, 1929. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5", Executive Chamber letterhead.
    -To: Cora Cummins of Milton, Massachusetts.
    -Good condition with serious fading to type (signature and corrections bold), soiling, and repaired fold splits.

    An important and bluntly worded letter written in FDR's first month as governor. In full: "Dear Miss Cummins:/ I have your recent letter asking for information about rumors circulated against Governor Smith, and wish to say that I know they are wholly untrue and circulated merely to make votes./ It is unfortunate that the Governor was defeated after such acts of ignorance and bigotry, but I am still confident of the future of the party. I appreciate you having written me./ Sincerely yours..." Smith, FDR's predecessor as New York governor, ran against incumbent Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential election. He suffered a landslide defeat due to many reasons including: an anti-Catholic prejudice, Smith's anti-prohibitionist stance, and his past association with the corrupt Tammany Hall political machine. In this excellent letter, FDR defends Smith and shows confidence in the future of the Democratic Party. The two men would later become political enemies.

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