Typewritten Manuscript Signed, one page, small quarto, Washington, D.C., January 25, 1936. On White House Stationery.
“Abraham Lincoln was not a son of the North or of the South. Born in Kentucky and nurtured in the very heart of our land, the scope of his intellect and of his sympathies was co-extensive with the length and breadth of our domain. Nor could Abraham Lincoln have come from any class that did not know through daily struggle, the grim realities of life. Self-sustained, self-educated, and grounded in common sense through contact with his fellow man, he developed that home philosophy with which we have come to associate his name and with which he was to solve the problems of a distraught nation.
“From such an origin and from such a school, there emerged a character destined to transfuse with new meaning the concepts of our constitutional fathers and to assure a government having for its broad purpose the promotion of the life, liberty, and happiness of all the people.” Below Roosevelt’s signature is the typewritten statement: “The above excerpt is taken from a message which the President sent to the Lincoln Association of Ohio on January 25, 1936.”
Franklin D Roosevelt wrote his statement on Lincoln at the start of a reelection year when he had the support of farmers, laborers and the underprivileged, but not the conservatives, including many businessmen and the extreme right.
Typing faded but readable; strong signature.
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