This Day in Georgia History
October 24, 1932
FDR Parade and Campaign Speech in Atlanta
After a brief visit to Warm Springs (see Oct. 23, 1932 entry), Franklin D. Roosevelt returned to Atlanta for what had been proclaimed “Roosevelt Day.” The Democratic Party’s presidential nominee was honored with a parade attended by over 200,000 vocal supporters. Roosevelt mounted a stage overflowing with flowers to deliver a campaign speech in which he scored the incumbent Hoover administration for failing to actively combat the Depression, which was hitting many already poor southerners especially hard. In his drive through the South Roosevelt made reference to “destruction, delay, deceit, and despair - the four horsemen of the G.O.P.” Upon his departure, Roosevelt requested that the flowers adorning the stage be delivered to the children’s ward at Grady Hospital.