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James A. Farley

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I shall try to carry on in a manner that will justify the confidence of the Governor and friends like you."

James Aloysius Farley, 1888-1976.  Postmaster General; Chairman, Democratic National Committee; Chairman of the Board of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation.  Typed Letter Signed, “Jim,” one page, 8" x 10½", March 3, 1955, on stationery of the Coca-Cola Export Corporation.

Farley writes to thank Arthur Clarendon Smith, the president of the Washington, D.C., Democratic Club.  “You were indeed kind and considerate to write Governor Harriman as you did concerning my appointment to the State Banking Board.  Thanks very much for sending me a copy of your letter.  /  I shall try to carry on in a manner that will justify the confidence of the Governor and friends like you."

Farley was one of the powers behind Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Farley, the secretary of the New York Democratic State Committee, ran Roosevelts successful campaigns for governor of New York in 1928 and 1930 and helped obtain Roosevelts election as president in 1932.

In the White House, Farley became one of FDR's closest political advisors.  Roosevelt appointed him both Postmaster General and chairman of the Democratic National Committee.  Farley was dedicated to the New Deal and to securing legislative support for Roosevelt's programs.  He controlled administration patronage and thus became very influential within the national Democratic party. 

Farley held both positions until he broke with Roosevelt over FDRs decision to run for a third term.  He resigned  to seek the presidency himself in 1940.

After he left the administration, Farley worked for the Coca-Cola Export Corporation of New York until he retired in 1973.  He remained active in state and national politics until his death on June 9, 1976, in New York City.

Farley has signed the letter in bright green ink and has hand-corrected “Dear Mr. Smith" to Dear Arthur."  The letter has normal mailing folds and tape stains across the corners from prior mounting.  It is also lightly toned along the left edge.  Overall it is in fine condition.


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