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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1st Visit to Georgia

First Visit - April, 1913

Roosevelt’s first visit to Georgia actually occurred before the illness which left him paralyzed. Soon after being named Assistant Secretary to the Navy, Roosevelt was sent on a Southern tour in search of harbors which might support naval stations. One of these stops was Brunswick, Georgia. While the harbor entrance proved too shallow for the Navy’s need at the time, Roosevelt was warmly welcomed and enjoyed his visit, showing the warmth of personality and flexibility that served him so well throughout his life. Writing of the visit later he said

“Brunswick, I remember chiefly, for the possum banquet they gave me – every known variety of possum – cooked in every known variety of style. I ate them all.” Source: The Macon Telegraph, May 2, 1925, p. 4.