One-page typed letter, dated November 13, 1918, on Navy Department letterhead, signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-second President of the United States. In his letter, Roosevelt, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, writes to the U.S. Civil Service Commission with regard to the capabilities of B. F. Roach as temporary blueprinter in the Bureau of Construction and Repair. Roosevelt has boldly signed the letter, "F D Roosevelt," in black fountain pen (grading "10"). Roosevelt resigned his seat in the New York State Senate to become President Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1913-1920), serving throughout World War I. He was elected President in 1933 and became the only President to be elected four times. He died on April 12, 1945, during his fourth term. The letter (8 x 10.5 inches) displays one vertical and three horizontal folds, a few small edge tears, light creasing and a single, small notebook hole along the top border. A red "U. S. Civil Service Commission" stamp appears on the front. In Very Good condition overall. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400+.
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