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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 5th Visit to Georgia

Fifth Visit

September 20 - November 10, 1926

September 20 - Roosevelt returned to Warm Springs, this time bringing his mother along. Dr. Hubbard was nearing the end of his studies, which further kindled Roosevelt’s enthusiasm for Warm Springs. His mother left after two weeks, but Roosevelt soon wrote to her:

“… I miss you a lot and I don’t have to tell you how I loved to have you here, and I know you were really interested in seeing what I think is a very practical good to which this place can be put and you needn’t worry about my losing a fortune in it, for every step is being planned either to pay for itself or to make a profit on… . The weather continues heavenly… .” Source: Elliott Roosevelt (ed.), F.D.R.: His Personal Letters 1905-1928, (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1950), p. 617.

While Roosevelt did not lose a fortune in Warm Springs he did have close to a $200,000 investment in it. Part of this was in building a set of new cottages; the first of which he built for himself. Again writing to his mother:

“… I’m busy every second… . My house is started and they have dug the cellar and are beginning the foundations. Expect to leave the 8th. A great deal of love. Devotedly, FDR” Source: F.D.R.: His Personal Letters 1905-1928, (Duell, Sloan and Pearce, New York, 1950), p. 618.

Actually he left on the 10th, returning to New York, but was back in Warm Springs three months later. In the interim he had established the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation in January 1927. It was a non-stock, non-profit institution, incorporated by Roosevelt, Peabody, Basil O’Connor, Herbert N. Straus, and Louis Howe. Dr. Hubbard was named chief physiotherapist and director of nurses.