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Franklin D. Roosevelt's Autograph, the FDR Signature

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FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Letter Signed, FDR, two very full pages, quarto, Hyde Park, August 10, 1929. As Governor of New York, to Carp.
$4,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Autograph Letter Signed, two and one-half pages, quarto, Hyde Park, September 10, 1930. On his name-imprinted stationery, as governor of New York, to William D. Guthrie.
$12,500
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, Hyde Park, New York, September 14, no year. On his name-imprinted stationery, to Dear Mr. Roberts.
$10,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, Warm Springs, Georgia, April 12, 1928. On stationery of the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland. To Senator Robert Wagner.
$7,500
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Autograph Letter Signed and Typewritten Letter Signed, each one page, small oblong quarto and quarto, January 1 and January 22, 1934. To Walter J. Cummings, Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
$35,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Partly printed Document Signed, one page, narrow oblong quarto, November 4, 1932.
$25,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Note Signed, Roosevelt, one page, oblong octavo, December 30, 1944.
$2,750
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, octavo, December 16, 1905.
$4,750
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, April 7, 1932. On his name-imprinted State of New York Executive Chamber stationery, to Mr. J. Osborn Brink in Monrovia, California. Headed "Personal" at the top in Roosevelt's hand. ...
$20,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, on White House stationary, Washington, D.C., October 9, 1944. To Pierre Jay in New York City.
$9,500
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
Typewritten Manuscript Signed, one page, small quarto, Washington, D.C., January 25, 1936. On White House Stationery.
$25,000
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT.
"Knights of the Air" by Lester J. Maitland, New York, 1929. A heavily illustrated history of the development of early airplanes. The book is signed on the endpaper by Maitland, and below that Franklin Roosevelt ...
$3,750

Franklin D. Roosevelt's autograph (the FDR signature) can be bought for relatively modest amounts considering his great historical importance in redesigning the American government to survive and emerge from the Great Depression and, most significantly, his critical leadership during World War II. FDR's recognition of the reality of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany at a time when the American public, and its elected leaders, wanted to keep America out of the growing German menace in Europe, led to his support for England and the new Prime Minister, Winston S. Churchill, while maintaining American neutrality. Franklin D. Roosevelt correctly recognized the impossibility of openly supporting England when the American First Party, led by Charles A. Lindbergh, reflected the opinions of the majority of Americans who didn't want a repeat of World War I when it was seen that America came to the rescue of Europe and defeated Germany.

FDR's Signed Letters

FDR's signed letters, particularly as President, were saved by recipients and treasured by their descendants. Franklin Roosevelt's signed letters frequently had content concerning decisions and issues of his new Administration, and appointments to the many new positions created by his great expansion of the activities and role of the Federal Government. Franklin D. Roosevelt's signed letters during World War II are scarcer than those from the 1930's, possibly reflecting his increased workload and lessened concern for political issues.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Photographs and Signatures

Franklin D. Roosevelt signed photographs and signatures usually were given to admirers and saved by everyone. Early letters as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and letters signed as Governor of New York with routine content were frequently signed for Roosevelt by secretaries. Examples of these, and genuine signatures of the period, are illustrated in my book, Forging History, The Detection of Fake Letters and Documents, the standard reference book. It is available from Amazon.

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