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Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) to Arthur Carpenter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02202 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 3 September 1929 Pagination: 2 p. ; 27 x 21 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes a witty letter to the business manager at Warm Springs, Georgia, where Roosevelt founded the Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation in 1927. Jokes about mosquitoes briefly. Discusses the sprinkler system for the Meriwether Hotel. Signed with initials "F.D.R." with a correction on page two. Typed on Executive Chamber stationery. Marked confidential.

Background Information: Roosevelt used to visit Warm Springs to obtain the therapeutic benefits swimming in the warm spring water had on his polio paralysis.

People: Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945
Carpenter, Arthur, fl. 1929-1930

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: PresidentHumor and SatireHealth and MedicalBuilding ConstructionDiseaseHospital

Sub Era: The Roaring Twenties

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