Franklin D. Roosevelt

Letter on the Vice-Presidential Nomination

July 14, 1944

My dear Senator Jackson:

In the light of the probability that you will be chosen as permanent chairman of the convention, and because I know that many rumors accompany all conventions, I am wholly willing to give you my own personal thought in regard to the selection of a candidate for Vice President. I do this at this time because I expect to be away from Washington for the next few days.

The easiest way of putting it is this: I have been associated with Henry Wallace during his past four years as Vice President, for eight years earlier while he was Secretary of Agriculture, and well before that. I like him and I respect him and he is my personal friend. For these reasons I personally would vote for his renomination if I were a delegate to the convention.

At the same time I do not wish to appear in any way as dictating to the convention. Obviously the convention must do the deciding. And it should—and I am sure it will—give great consideration to the pros and cons of its choice.

Very sincerely yours,

Honorable Samuel D. Jackson,
Stevens Hotel,
Chicago, Ill.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, Letter on the Vice-Presidential Nomination Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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