HE BECAME A FRIEND AND ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT WHO APPOINTED HIM TO THE SUPREME COURT AND LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT HE PAYS TRIBUTE TO HIS FRIEND. AND HERE, ON A RARE PRINTED COPY OF HIS TRIBUTE, HE HANDWRITES AND SIGNS AN INSCRIPTION TO SUFFRAGIST AND DIPLOMAT, DAISY HARRIMAN, ONE OF ROOSEVELTS STRONGEST SUPPORTERS.
FELIX FRANKFURTER (1882-1965) SIGNED AND INSCRIBED RARE REPRINT OF HIS TRIBUTE ON THE DEATH OF FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, “For Daisy Harriman a devoted and understanding friend of F.D.R. With his esteem and affection Felix Frankfurter”, 8 pgs., 5 x 7.5, “Reprinted from The Harvard Alumni Bulletin”, April 28, 1945, by the Austrian-American lawyer, professor, and jurist who helped found the American Civil Liberties Union and served as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The tribute, in part: “When a great tree falls, we are surprised how meager the landscape seems without it…So when a great man dies…life seems thinner…Roosevelt will claim…larger share of history so long as civilization endures…identification with his fellowmen was Roosevelt’s profoundest characteristic and the ultimate key to his statesmanship…leading his people out of a period of deepening economic and moral deterioration by invigorating the forces of democracy…by the law of his nature Franklin Roosevelt from the first felt revulsion against Hitler and his cohorts as individuals, and hostility to the resurgence of barbarism which they represented as a system…The function of statesmanship is to endeavor to forestall untoward events or to prepare adequately against them. The President had to do both at the same time…There came a time when President Roosevelt was convinced that the utter defeat of Nazism was essential to the survival of our institutions…And so, in the hour of national disaster on that Sunday afternoon after Japan had struck, when the President gathered about him his Cabinet and his military chiefs…There is my leader…His silver voice is stilled but the pitch he struck in others will gather volume…The ultimate mysteries of life are merely renewed. They remain the same. Franklin Roosevelt knew this well….”
Florence “Daisy” Harriman (1870-1967) was the American socialite, suffragist, social reformer, organizer, and diplomat. In 1916 she was recruited by Eleanor Roosevelt to lead a contingent of “Independent Patriotic Women of American” in a preparedness parade. And, during WWI she organized the American Red Cross Women’s Motor Corps both in Washington, D.C. and in France. She participated in the Versailles Peace Conference and advocated for American participation in the League of Nations. She served as a member of the Democratic National Committee for over 30 years. Reluctant at first, she eventually became Franklin D. Roosevelt’s strongest supporters at the 1936 Convention. Early in his second administration Roosevelt appointed her the 8th United States Minister to Norway (1937-1940). In fine condition, with one crease on front cover and minor age toning.