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Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to D. H. Mudge Sr.


Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, “Letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to D. H. Mudge Sr.,” Madison Historical, accessed June 20, 2024,


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This is a letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Dick Howard Mudge Senior, a prominent attorney and member of the local Democratic Party. At this time Roosevelt was the Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New York. In the letter Roosevelt urges Mudge to support the Democratic Presidential candidate, Al Smith, in the upcoming 1928 election. Roosevelt extols the benefits of Democratic values, while denouncing what he calls the "crass materialism" of Republican Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren G. Harding. Roosevelt asks Mudge to write back his decision to his personal home in New York City. Smith went on to lose the 1928 election to Herbert Hoover, while Roosevelt was elected governor of New York.

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  • government
  • Edwardsville
  • Democratic Party
  • elections


Roosevelt, Franklin Delano


  • Mudge, Stephen


October 15, 1928

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  • Edwardsville, Illinois
  • 1920s


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