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Franklin D. Roosevelt

1933 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 Maimi’s Bayfront Park. Because of his Cermak and FDR in limo just before shots fireddisability, 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 Roosevelt’s 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 22, 1931

Autograph of A.J Cermak

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.

NY Governor's card signed (autographed) by Franklin D. Roosevelt

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 don’t like no peoples.” Back when our justice system was swift and sure Zangara was convicted and electrocuted 6 weeks after hs cime.

The assassin-Giuseppe Zaranga

The assassin-Giuseppe Zaranga

Here is the inscription on the plaque in Miami that marks the place Cermak was shot.

Plaque in Miami marking spot where Anton Cermak was wounded

Cermak said on the way to the hospital, "I am glad it was me instead of you."

Inscription on Cermak plaque

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 authenticity.


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