Franklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed as Governor-Elect of New York


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32nd President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Franklin D. Roosevelt” as Governor-Elect of NY, December 8, 1928, “Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland” stationery, but sent from Warm Springs, GA, to Irving Feinson, expressing delight at his victory , and noting that, despite the unfavorable result of the national election, the increasing number of Democratic votes suggests a favorable future for the Party, in full:

I am sorry not to have had an opportunity before this to thank you for your mighty nice letter.  I appreciate your thought of me.

While I am, of course, delighted that we have saved most of the State administration of New York, the victory is clouded by the result of the National election.

However, it is well worth remembering that Governor Smith has polled at least six million more votes than any previous Democratic candidate, and, as a matter of fact, the increase in the Democratic vote is far larger than that of our opponent. Certainly the Party is by no means out of the running.”

The 1928 New York state election was held on November 6, 1928, with FDR winning the Governorship by a one-percent margin, while Alfred E. Smith lost the Presidency in a landslide, and was also defeated in his home state.