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This Day in Georgia History

March 23, 1938

FDR Spoke in Gainesville

President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech in Gainesville, Georgia. The speech was ostensibly to celebrate the rededication of Gainesville’s Courthouse Square, which had been destroyed by tornadoes two years earlier. But Roosevelt used the occasion to launch a veiled attack on Georgia Senator Walter George, making this one of the few controversial speeches he made in the state of Georgia. This marked the beginning of Roosevelt’s thirty-second visit to his “second home.”