19 May 2006
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. (1882-1945), President. The Happy Warrior, Alfred E. Smith. A Study of a Public Servant. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1928.
8vo, dark green cloth boards, orange paper label overlapping upper and lower covers, orange and black dust jacket
FIRST EDITION, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED on the front fly leaf: "For M. A. L. with my love FDR Warm Springs Oct. 5, 1928." MISSY LEHAND'S COPY of FDR's famous nominating speech on behalf of Smith, inscribed and presented to her during FDR's remarkable comeback campaign for Governor. Just four years earlier, Roosevelt made a heart-rending appearance before the delegates at the Democratic convention, lumbering to the microphone on two crutches. In 1928, he spoke again for Smith, this time crossing the stage with the aid of only one cane and the bracing arm of one of his sons. It was a dramatic signal of his physical readiness to resume an active political life. Smith urged him to run and replace him at Albany. Against the wishes of many in his inner circle--especially LeHand--Roosevelt decided to abandon his rehabilitation work and plunge into the political maelstrom. His victory that November, and Smith's resounding defeat, made him the immediate front-runner for the Democratic nomination in 1932. Halter T457.
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