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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 13th Visit to Georgia


Thirteenth Visit

June 30 - July 9, 1928

Roosevelt took a brief respite from his campaign work to visit Warm Springs before the stretch run of the campaign. Though he was still being encouraged, by Al Smith and other Democratic leaders, he still refused to put his name into the ring for replacing Smith as governor of New York. Soon after returning to Hyde Park, he wrote his mother:

“. . . I could do little work at Warm Springs and this week in New York have again been occupied with the National Committee Meeting. It was very hot in Houston [where the Democratic convention was held], also at Warm Springs, and this week in New York was even hotter! We had a tragedy at Warm Springs just before I left. That dear little Pattison girl, ‘Tishy’ the younger, died very suddenly after being ill for only a few hours, acute acidosis, and we were all much upset. The new winter pool is started and everything else is going well, with every bed taken. . . .” Source: Elliott Roosevelt (ed.), F.D.R.: His Personal Letters 1928-1945, (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1950), p. 640.

Roosevelt also mentioned in this letter declining the nomination for governor, as well as declining an offer to become national chairman of the Democratic party. “Tishy” Pattison was the daughter of one of Warm Springs’ generous benefactors. The “winter pool” was the glass enclosed structure being constructed thanks to Edsel Ford’s contribution (see Eleventh Visit).