Description: Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) signed this polite typed letter while she was First Lady of the United States. The letter discusses the travel arrangements for Roosevelt’s niece who was soon to make a trip to Athens. She writes to Mrs. Clayson Aldridge, the wife of the U.S. Consul in Greece: “Mr. Patterson of the State Department, has just written me of your great kindness in being willing to escort my neice[sic] to Athens… my Sister-in-law, has made arrangements for Eleanor to go over with a group of girls about her own age, in the care of a very able person.” Roosevelt’s niece, also named Eleanor Roosevelt (1919-2013), was the daughter of the First Lady’s youngest brother, Gracie Hall Roosevelt (1891-1941) and Margaret Richardson (1892-1971), and would have been 15 at time of this letter.
Roosevelt was the First Lady of the United States (1933-1945) during her husband's, Franklin D. Roosevelt, four terms of office as President. She was an outspoken and active First Lady, advocating for civil rights, an expansion of women’s roles in the workplace, and the rights of WWII refugees. After her husband’s death, Roosevelt remained active in politics, becoming the first U.S. delegate to the United Nations and served as the First Chair of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women under JFK.
Typed on a 9 ¼” x 6 1/8” sheet of White House stationery. Includes original transmittal envelope. Item #A00791.
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise in very good condition.