32nd President. Pair of typed letters signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” both as Governor-Elect of NY and as President-Elect of the US, both on personal stationery, each written to Cornelius Bliss, Jr.
November 13, 1928 – FDR handwrites “Nelly” in the salutation. The letter reads, in full:
Very many thanks for your letter of congratulations. It was mighty good of you to think of me. I shall hope to see you when I get North.
The 1928 New York state election was held on November 6, 1928, with FDR winning the Governorship by a one-percent margin.
December 7, 1932 – the letter reads, in full:
Thank you for your fine message of congratulations. It means much to me to know that I have the sincere good wishes of my old time friends. My cordial personal regards to you.
The 1932 Presidential election was held on November 8, 1932. FDR defeated the incumbent Herbert Hoover in a landslide.
Cornelius N. Bliss, Jr., whose father was a member of President McKinley’s Cabinet, was a philanthropist who was also active politically. He participated in the successful presidential campaign of Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. In July 1916, he was named treasurer of the Republican National Committee, and also served as president of the Association for Improving the Condition of the Poor.
When the United States entered World War I in 1917, President Wilson named Bliss as one of the 13 members of his Red Cross War Council. The next year he became its acting chairman. Bliss also served on the National War Finance Committee which successfully raised a great deal of money for the Red Cross. In 1920 Herbert Hoover sought to tap his skills, experience and connections, and asked him to serve on New York City’s fund-raising committee for disaster aid to Europe.
Afterwards Bliss returned to business and philanthropy on a large scale, operating as a trustee, board member, or president of several organizations, including the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In the Depression, he was one of six men named by New York City Mayor Walker to operate a relief fund, two others being J.P. Morgan and former governor Al Smith. During World War II, he was a chairman of the American Red Cross committee on war activities, and was for a time chairman of the Red Cross.
Both letters with some staining, most likely from prior mounting. Great pair of letters from FDR’s signature political moments.