FDR speech leads Early American History Auctions Jan. 23 sale

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Franklin D. Roosevelt signed second presidential nomination acceptance speech. Early American History Auctions image

RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. – Early American History Auctions, Inc. is presenting an important Autograph and Historic Americana auction featuring 311 lots that will close on Saturday, Jan. 23. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

Early American History Auctions will offer for sale at auction President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s signed original typed hand-annotated acceptance speech for his second nomination to the presidency, presented before the Democratic National Convention held in Philadelphia, dated June 27, 1936 (above).

This important original historic document consists of five legal-size pages. Several handwritten notations in blue pencil by FDR are scattered throughout the document, which he signed on the last page in deep blue ink. His bold signature measures nearly 4 inches in length. Three horizontal folds allowed Roosevelt to fold this speech and fit it into his suitcoat pocket.

Roosevelt’s speech is rousing, with frequent references to an economic royalty that must be destroyed, flowery optimism, sincere gratitude to his supporters and followers, and the need to continue waging a war for the sake of democracy. Christie’s sold this document for $9,600 on Nov. 15, 2005. Its presale estimate is now $22,000-$28,000.

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1837 silver Martin Van Buren Peace Medal PCGS XF. Early American History Auctions image

This Jan. 23, auction includes selections from the Collection of Ambassador J. William Middendorf II and other consignments.

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Paul Revere Jr. handmade and hallmarked ‘PR’ coin silver spoon. Early American History Auctions image

Lots consigned Ambassador Middendorf’s collection include a strip of three proof British revenue tax stamps for use in Colonial America; bookplate engravings by Paul Revere Jr.; a 1832 engraving by William F. Stratton after Paul Revere’s engraved The Bloody Massacre … March 5th 1770; a reprint off Paul Revere’s original engraved copper-plate of circa 1762, His Majesty’s North-Battery, in Boston; Paul Revere’s engraving In Cambridge New England rare reprint of 1875; 1779 engraving of John Paul Jones; June 19, 1776 “First Major” military appointment by the Provincial Congress of the Colony of New York; a Jan. 15, 1777 Revolutionary War Rhode Island Treasurer’s two-year 6% interest bearing certificate, fully issued and signed; an engraving titled His Excy George Washington Esqr, Captain General of all the American Forces; 1801 print “George Washington, Late President of the United States of America; circa 1775 Revolutionary War map, A New Plan of Boston Harbour from an Actual Survey; 1761 first published engraving The South Prospect of the City of New York in America; 1828 John Marshall autographed letter signed while U.S. Chief Justice; 1785 “Special Meeting” notice from the president of Society of the Cincinnati, City of New York; a 1793 print A S.W. view of the State House in Boston, by Samuel Hill; a 1789 engraving View of the West Bank of the Hudson River 3 Miles Above Still Water …”; and other Political Americana.

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1779 ‘John Paul Jones, Commander … Thirteen United States of North America.’ Early American History Auctions image

More highlights include an 1837 silver Martin Van Buren Indian Peace Medal PCGS Certified XF; a Paul Revere Jr. handmade “PR” hallmarked coin-silver tablespoon; 1819 George Washington memorial textile; William Woodruff printing of the Declaration Of Independence broadside; Gen. John Glover’s Revolutionary War Army note pay certificate; President James and First Lady Lucretia Garfield’s March 15, 1881, autographed signature card pair; 1792 Thomas Jefferson and David Rittenhouse signed American Philosophical Society Certificate; a 1943 first edition signed and dated Frank Lloyd Wright: An Autobiography”; and well as a selection of great maps.

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Map with city inset, ‘Nieuw Yorck – Nieuw Amsterdam.’ Early American History Auctions image

Containing more than 300 lots, the auction will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time/noon Eastern on Jan. 23.


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