INSCRIBED AND TWICE SIGNED BY FDR, AND PRESENTED TO HIS SON ON CHRISTMAS
(ROOSEVELT, Franklin D.) LINDLEY, Ernest K. Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Career in Progressive Democracy. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, (1931). Octavo, original blue cloth. Housed in a custom clamshell box. $6800.
First edition of this political biography of Franklin D. Roosevelt, this copy inscribed and presented by him to his son: "For John Aspinwall Roosevelt, youngest but by no means least of the flock, from his affectionate father, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Christmas, 1931." Signed again and dated 1931 by Roosevelt on the half title.
Published in 1931 while Roosevelt was serving as Governor of New York, A Career in Progressive Democracy established Roosevelt's biography and bona fides for his successful 1932 presidential campaign. The book begins with an account of Roosevelt's narrow election as governor in 1928, followed by a chapter titled "Roosevelt Today," and then traces his life story from childhood.
Recipient John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916-81), the sixth and last child of Franklin and Eleanor, grew up on the Roosevelt estate in Hyde Park, New York, and attended the Buckley School, Groton, and Harvard. Unlike his brothers, he never sought political office, and was sometimes at odds with his family's views. As a young man he considered seeking conscientious objector status rather than fight in World War II, but the family eventually convinced him to enlist, and he won a Bronze Star for his naval service. After his father's death, he officially became a Republican and supported Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 election against Adlai Stevenson, for whom his mother actively campaigned. A successful businessman, Roosevelt became a director of the Standard Uranium Company during the height of the Cold War.
Text clean, some spotting and toning to cloth, spine gently sunned. FDR's inscription and signatures bold and clear. A very good presentation-association copy.