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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Memorandum Signed "FDR" as President.
    -December 24, 1934. Washington, D.C. 5.25" x 8". White House stationery.
    -To: The Attorney General, The Postmaster General and The Secretary of the Interior.
    -Folds, minor crinkling and light soiling, else fine.

    FDR writes "Will you please get together on the problem of the Judgeship in Puerto Rico? A careful study of the situation leads me to agree with Dr. Gruening that the suggestion of implementing Mr. Horton with two able assistants is not a good one...". Under FDR Gruening became Director of the Division of Territories and Island Possessions of the Department of the Interior (1934-1939).


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    A wonderful memorandum on 5 x 8" The White House Washington stationery dated December 24, 1934 to multiple cabinet members. FDR writes: "MEMORANDUM FOR/ THE ATTORNEY GENERAL/ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL/ THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR/ Will you please get together on the problem of the Judgeship in Puerto Rico?/ A careful study of the situation leads me to agree with Dr. Gruening that the suggestion of implementing Mr. Horton with two able assistants is not a good one./ I think that something might be worked out by bringing Mrs. Whittemore to some position in the United States, then transferring Mr. Horton to Collector of Internal Revenue, and then putting a new man in as Attorney General./ FDR/ P.S. The Secretary of the Interior has all the papers." Dr. Ernest Gruening (1887-1974) graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1912, giving up his medical career to pursue journalism. He became managing editor of the New York Tribune in 1917. He served in the Field Artillery Corps in 1918 during the Great War. After the war, he was editor of The Nation (1920-1923) and the New York Post (1932-1933). Under FDR Gruening became Director of the Division of Territories and Island Possessions of the Department of the Interior (1934-1939); administrator of the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration (1935-1937), and a member of the Alaska International Highway Commission (1938-1942). Gruening was appointed Governor of Alaska by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939 and was reappointed twice, serving until 1953. Gruening is referred to as the "father of Alaskan statehood." An important memorandum between the President and three cabinet members over the administration of Puerto Rico, on Christmas eve in 1934.



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