Franklin D. Roosevelt 1940 Typed Letter Signed as President – “Dedicate The Thomas Alva Edison Bridge”


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FDR extends his best wishes for the dedication of “the Thomas Alva Edison bridge”

32nd President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, November 29, 1940, The White House stationery, 7×8.75, to Governor A. Harry Moore of New Jersey, in full:

It was good to get your letter of November 27, and to hear that you are ready to dedicate the Thomas Alva Edison bridge. I am sorry that I can not be present at these ceremonies, but if my present plans work out I expect to be on a brief vacation in the South on the fourteenth.

Will you please be good enough to extend my sincere greetings to all those attending the dedication ceremonies

with handwritten addition: “and especially to the Gov-Elect!

In very good to fine condition, with short splits to the ends of the three horizontal folds, a small stain to the lower left corner, and light soiling and toning to the edges.

New Jersey’s “Gov-Elect” was Charles Edison, the great inventor’s son, who had served as Secretary of the Navy in FDR’s administration. An excellent association between great Americans and a great piece of New Jersey history.

The Edison Bridge (officially the Thomas Alva Edison Memorial Bridge) is a bridge on U.S. Route 9 in New Jersey, spanning the Raritan River near its mouth in Raritan Bay. The bridge, which connects Woodbridge on the north with Sayreville on the south, was opened to weekend traffic starting on October 11, 1940, and was opened permanently on November 15, 1940.