ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. (1882-1945), President. Typed letter signed (''Franklin D. Roosevelt''), to T.F. Harwood, Hyde Park, New York, 5 December 1924. 2 pages, 4to (11 x 8 3/8 in.), Roosevelt's personal stationery, light browning and very minor foxing, otherwise in fine condition.
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. (1882-1945), President. Typed letter signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), to T.F. Harwood, Hyde Park, New York, 5 December 1924. 2 pages, 4to (11 x 8 3/8 in.), Roosevelt's personal stationery, light browning and very minor foxing, otherwise in fine condition.
ROOSEVELT AFFIRMS DEMOCRATIC PARTY GOALS: "WE ARE UNEQUIVOCALLY THE PARTY OF PROGRESS AND LIBERAL THOUGHT"
A detailed itinerary for strengthening the Democratic Party sent by Roosevelt to a delegate to the National Convention of 1924. Roosevelt, having only recently returned to political prominence after being struck down with polio in 1921, delivered the nominating speech for Alfred Smith at the convention. Here, in the wake of the party's defeat, he sets forth guidelines for improving their political chances: "In recent years in many States we have succeeded in electing Democratic governors. Yet these same States we fail to carry for our presidential candidates...[because] the Party organization is far weaker nationally than locally." Roosevelt continues with list of what he terms "fundamental truths" : "1. That the National Committee, or its executive machinery should function every day in every year and not merely in Presidential election years. 2. That the National Committee should be brought into far closer touch with the state organizations. 3. That the executive machinery for year in and year out work should be put on a continuing and business like financial basis. 4. That publicity for party policy and for the dissemination of current information should be greatly extended. 5. That party leaders from all sections should meet more frequently in order to exchange views and plan for united party action."
Roosevelt expresses his conviction that Democrats must act: "Something must be done, and done now to bring home to the voting population the true basis and sound reasons why the Democratic Party is entitled to national confidence as a governing party. There is room for but two parties. The Republican leadership has stood and still stands for conservatism, for the control of the social and economic structure of the nation by a small minority of hand picked associates. The Democratic Party organization...is made up in chief part by men and women who are unwilling to stand still but who often differ as to the methods and lines of progress. Yet we are unequivocally the party of progress and liberal thought." He concludes: "Only by uniting can we win. If in the next three years we stop wasting time in booming or opposing this man or that for a nomination four years away, and devote ourselves instead to organizing for party principles, for the taking advantage of our opponents errors and omissions...we shall gain the confidence of the country."