32nd President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, September 19, 1938, The White House stationery, 7×9, to Frank Murphy as Governor of Michigan, in full:
Many, many thanks to you for that message you sent me about Jimmy. We are all very grateful for your kindly interest.
James Roosevelt was considered among his father’s most important counselors. Time magazine suggested he might be considered “Assistant President of the United States”.
In July 1938, there were allegations that James Roosevelt had used his political position to steer lucrative business to his insurance firm. He had to publish his income tax returns and denied these allegations in an NBC broadcast and an interview in Collier’s magazine. This became known as the Jimmy’s Got It affair after Alva Johnston’s reportage in the Saturday Evening Post. Roosevelt resigned from his White House position in November 1938
FDR would appoint Murphy to the Supreme Court in 1940.