Oct 22, 2015 - Sale 2394

Sale 2394 - Lot 180

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 2,000
"DO NOT GET EXCITED ABOUT ANY SUGGESTION OF MY RUNNING IN 1928" ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. Typed Letter Signed, as Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, to Naval engineer H.T. Morningstar, stating that he would not run for Governor of New York in 1928, noting that he had been working to establish his Warm Springs center, and mentioning that his legs are improving. 1 page, 4to, "Fidelity and Deposit Company" stationery; two short closed tears in left margin, faint toning at all edges, horizontal folds. (TFC) New York, 15 August 1927

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". . . [P]lease do not get excited about any suggestion of my running in 1928. I am still hoping that Governor Smith will receive the nomination as I think that it will be more easy for the Democratic Party to elect him than any other candidate in sight.
"I have been very busy this past year trying to put Georgia Warm Springs on its feet as a therapeutic center to take care of infantile paralysis and other cases. My own legs are getting on extremely well and I walk with far greater facility and the improvement continues. . . ."
In early October of 1928, during the Democratic state convention in Rochester, NY, Alfred E. Smith urged FDR to run for Governor, and the convention soon after nominated him for the post. FDR felt he could not decline and accepted the nomination, despite his statements here. After a quickly-organized, month-long campaign, he won the election.
In 1921, FDR contracted poliomyelitis (or a related condition), whose effects were felt by him throughout the remainder of his life. The therapeutic center for infantile paralysis that FDR established in 1927 in Warm Springs, GA, exists today as Roosevelt Warm Springs and operates as a vocational rehabilitation agency.