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In Their Own Words

April 14, 1945

Ralph McGill Tribute to FDR

Atlanta Constitution editor Ralph McGill was traveling from Iran to Australia at the time of Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death two days earlier. He wired back the following tribute to Roosevelt:

“To a Georgian far from home there was a sudden and bitter nostalgia for home at the news of the President’s passing in Warm Springs. I could see the dogwood in bloom and the green of the trees. I knew that the peach blossoms were out and that the warm Georgia sun had been like a benediction to the tired body of the ailing president. And I wanted to be home with my own fellow Georgians as they mourned him. It was said of Abraham Lincoln when death claimed him that a tree is measured best when it is down. So it will be with Franklin D. Roosevelt. The tree is down and the historians will begin to measure and will find what the hearts of millions of Americans and peoples of the world already knew, that here was the tallest man America has ever given the world.”

Source: Atlanta Constitution, April 14, 1945