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This Day in Georgia History

October 23, 1932

FDR’s 24th Visit to Georgia, Campaigning

Campaigning for the Presidency in the South, Franklin D. Roosevelt took a train through Kentucky, Tennessee, and into Georgia. Stopping briefly at an Atlanta station, Roosevelt was greeted by roughly 10,000 admirers before going on to Warm Springs, Georgia. This was his twenty-fourth visit to his “second home.” Crippled by polio and seeking relief from his condition, Roosevelt had first visited Warm Springs ten years earlier. On this day, he returned rejuvenated and in triumph as his election time neared. Atlanta Constitution writer L.A. Farrell described the scene: “Today Georgia welcomes him in heartfelt, joyous acclaim, a modern Moses who is to lead a darkened America out of a wilderness of depression.” A crowd of over 10,000 people enthusiastically welcomed Roosevelt home to Warm Springs, Georgia.