FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT ADDRESS THE INITIAL FUNDING FOR HIS WARM SPRINGS FOUNDATION
ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. (1882-1945). Thirty-second President of the United States (1933-1945). Interesting, and scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “Franklin D. Roosevelt,” on his name-imprinted Hyde Park ~ Dutchess County New York letterhead. ”Warm Springs, GA.” November 19, 1927. To “Dear Mr. Crowley”. With Roosevelt & O‘Conner 120 Broadway ~ N.Y.circular stamped docket at top right. Two file punch holes, else fine condition. Roosevelt writes:
“Dear Mr. Crowley- Is your wire correct that we have balance of nearly $7,000 in the Foundation account? How did it get there? I tftffik thought we had only about $ 3500 – Will you send check at once for the enclosed bill of $3446.26 to the Service Co. 1520 1 st Ave Columbus Ga. & Also that additional check to G. T. Curtis Manager for $1,000.00. After that please let me know how much remains. Also how is the bond issue progressing? Sincerely Franklin D. Roosevelt”.
Our letter was penned the very year Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the Roosevelt WARM SPRINGS INSTITUTE FOR REHABILITATION at Warm Springs. Prized for its healing waters by Native American tribes, the location became a popular destination for many influential figures, including John C. Calhoun and Henry Clay, prior to the Civil War. Though the inn had seen better days by the time Roosevelt (intrigued by the substantial improvements another polio victim enjoyed while swimming daily in the warm water) first stayed there in October of 1924, he remained a constant visitor for two decades and died there. Improved over the years by Roosevelt and subsequent philanthropists, Warm Springs remains home to a world-renowned comprehensive rehabilitation center to this day. F.D.R. letters in full holograph are rather scarce. A fine letter for addition into any Presidential collection.