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This Day in Georgia History

November 18, 1933

FDR’s 27th Visit to Georgia, State Bicentennial

On his twenty-seventh visit to Georgia, President Franklin D. Roosevelt traveled by train from Washington, D.C. to Savannah to mark the commemoration of Georgia’s bicentennial. He arrived at Savannah’s Union station on the morning of Nov. 18, where he was greeted by a host of politicians and other dignitaries. Roosevelt left in the train station in a motorcade that drove through downtown Savannah. Riding with FDR in his open-air limo were Savannah mayor Thomas Gamble, Georgia governor Eugene Talmadge, and Roosevelt’s mother, Sara. After the motorcade through Savannah, the procession traveled to Savannah’s Municipal Stadium, where Roosevelt was to deliver a speech later that morning. Admission to the 40,000-seat stadium was by ticket only, and there were far more requests for tickets than available seating in the stadium. Roosevelt’s speech dealt with the United States’ formal recognition of the Soviet Union the day before, as well as his plans for a New Deal to get America out of the Great Depression. After his well-received speech, Roosevelt boarded the train for a two-week visit to Warm Springs that would include Thanksgiving dinner.