1 page, 5.25 x 8 inches, Manila, December 12, 1932. Written to Republican Party strategist Charles T. White on the election results of 1932, in part: "...Of course we were bitterly disappointed at the outcome of the elections, but not surprised. The people were sore and angry, and wanted a scape-goat. I am sorry about Bill Donovan and Trubee, too. I had hoped at least that they might have come out on top..." What this letter really means: In 1924 Theodore was the Republican nominee for Governor of New York against Alfred E. Smith. His cousin FDR spoke out on Ted's "wretched record%u201D"as Asst. Sec. of the Navy and his involvement with the Teapot Dome Scandal. In return, Ted said of FDR: "He's a maverick! He does not wear the brand of our Family." Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR's wife and Ted's first cousin, was infuriated with the remarks. She dogged Ted on the New York State campaign trail in a car fitted with a giant teapot and countered his speeches with those of her own. Theodore lost by 105,000 votes. In 1932, when FDR challenged Hoover for the Presidency, Ted, the Governor-General of the Philippines, announced to the press that he was returning home to campaign for Hoover. The reaction so infuriated the public that Hoover ordered Ted to "stay put and not to return home." At the press conference in response to Hoover's request, a reporter asked Ted, "Are you related to FDR?" He replied, "I'm a fifth cousin about to be removed." As for Ted's best friend poor Wild Bill Donovan, he lost the election for the Governorship of New York in 1932 only to became one of the closest friends of FDR, who appointed him a Major General and the founding/director of the OSS. Letters with even a hint of hostility between the two Roosevelt clans rarely come to market. Two vertical folds and light creasing; very good condition.
Eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt best remembered as a staunch Republican and as the only General on D-Day to land by sea with the first wave of troops, walking on the beach with a cane. He died 36 days later and became the recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.