The History Buff, Inc.
- Phone: (952) 937-0325
17509 Bearpath Trail, Eden Prairie, MN 55347 or Palm Beach, FL,
Assassination attempt archive
SUMMARY: This offering is a photograph
of Mayor A.J. Cermak and FDR in a limousine just before shots
were fired, an autograph of Cermak (uncommon) and an FDR signed
card circa 1931 .Price for archive:$850.00
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945).
Governor of New York
(1995-2001) & 32nd President of the U.S. (1933-1945). On
March 20, 1933 FDR was returning from a cruise and on the evening
of February 15, 1933, President-elect Franklin Roosevelt delivered
a short speech to a crowd at Maimis Bayfront Park. Because
of his disability,
Roosevelt often spoke from the rear seat of an open touring car
rather than making the arduous trip to a platform.(The photograph
to the left shows Mayor Cermak and FDR in the rear seat of the
limousine just before shots were fired). When he finished his
remarks, the crowd surged forward, but was halted abruptly by
six pistol shots fired in rapid succession.
Five people were hit. The most seriously injured was Chicago
Mayor Anton J. Cermak, who sustained an abdominal
wound. The crowd quickly restrained the assailant, but they
were prevented from doing him bodily harm by Roosevelts
intercession. Cermak was loaded into the car and comforted
on the ride to the hospital by the president-elect. Medical staff
credited Roosevelt with preventing the mayor from going into
shock, thus giving him a better chance at recovery. Mayor Cermak
lingered for six weks but died of his wound in March 1933.
One part of this offering is
an ink pen signature of Mayor A.J. Cermak with a letter of transmittal
from The Mayor's office. The signature is on a 2 in. x 3.75 in.
card that shows normal toning and aging. The signature is bold
and dark as shown. It is still attached to the letter of transmittal
with a small metal fastening device. The letter is dated May
- Also included in this offering
is a 3 in. x 5.25 in. NY Executive Mansion card circa 1931 signed
in fountain pen ink Franklin D.Roosevelt. The card
is in good condition but shows normal toning and aging.
Giuseppe Zangara was the attempted
assassin. He was born in Italy, came to the United States in
the early 1920s, became a citizen and in 1933 was working as
a bricklayer in Miami. Zangara subscribed to no political philosophy,
but harbored a hatred for wealthy capitalists. He had blamed
Hoover, and later Roosevelt, for the plight of the common man.
Probably more important than any political view was the fact
that Zangara suffered from chronic and debilitating abdominal
pain that helped put him at odds with those around him. In his
own words: I dont like no peoples. Back when
our justice system was swift and sure Zangara was convicted and
electrocuted 6 weeks after hs cime.
Here is the inscription on
the plaque in Miami that marks the place Cermak was shot.
Cermak said on the way to the
hospital, "I am glad it was me instead of you."
The photographs of the plaque
were kindly provided by Steve Koschal.
The photo and signature will
be come with a letter of authenticity as to
their origin, history and