• First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt--Champion to Under Dog--Grateful to Knighted Editor

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    ELEANOR ROOSEVELT (1884-1962) was an American politician, diplomat, activist and likely the most influential First Lady of the 20th century.  She was the longest serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husband’s four terms in office.

     

    She advocated for expanded roles for women in the workplace, the civil rights of African and Asian Americans and the rights of World War II refugees. President Truman later called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.

     

    Offering a TLS on her personal stationary, Sept. 19, 1960, and written to knighted publisher-editor R.E. Haugan.

     

    “Thank you so very much for the copy of your 30th volume of ‘Christmas.’ It is delightful, and I deeply appreciate your thought in sending it to me.

     

    “With gratitude and every good wish for Christmas and the New Year.

     

    “Very sincerely yours,

     

    “Eleanor Roosevelt”

     

    Haugan held the position of General Manager of Augsburg Publishing House from 1928 to 1970. He was knighted by King Haakon VII of Norway during World War II for his service to American Relief for Norway of which he was the Minnesota state director. Haugan is most frequently associated with Christmas: an American Annual of Christmas Literature and Art, which he initiated in 1931.

     

    Light toning, but in excellent condition.

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