Proclamation 2257—Pacific Mercado (International Exposition) and World's Fair
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas Public Resolution 73, 75th Congress, approved August 26, 1937, recites that "there is to be held in the City of Los Angeles, State of California, commencing in the year 1940, a continuing international exposition to be known as the Pacific Mercado, designed to promote closer relations and better understandings among the countries and nations of the world, through the furtherance of trade, industry, and cultural arts, by gathering, arranging, and exhibiting the varied cultures of such countries and nations and the origins, progress, and accomplishments in science, the arts, education, industry, business, and transportation of such countries and nations, and by other appropriate means"; and that "there is to be held in said city in the year 1942, in connection with the said Pacific Mercado, a world's fair commemorating the landing of Cabrillo";
Whereas the said Resolution reads in part as follows:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled * * * That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized and respectfully requested by proclamation, or in such manner as he may deem proper, to invite foreign countries to such proposed Pacific Mercado (International Exposition) and to such proposed world's fair to be held in connection therewith, with a request that they participate therein;
And Whereas I believe the people of many nations would be pleased to unite with the people of the United States in participating in this exposition and in the world's fair to be held in connection therewith:
Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, in compliance with the aforesaid Resolution, do invite the participation of foreign countries in this exposition and in the world's fair to be held in connection therewith.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States of America to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this 19th day of October in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and thirty-seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and sixty-second.
FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT
By the President:
Secretary of State.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Proclamation 2257—Pacific Mercado (International Exposition) and World's Fair Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357491