Proclamation 2261—Pan American Exposition, Tampa, Florida, 1939
By the President of the United States of America
Whereas there is to be held at Tampa, Florida, during the year 1939, an international exposition which has for its purpose the commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the landing of Hernando De Soto in Tampa Bay, and which because of its international character will contribute to cordial relations among nations; and
Whereas a joint resolution of Congress, approved August 26, 1937 (50 Stat. 831), 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 an exposition to be held in Tampa, Florida, to be known as the "Pan American Exposition", in commemoration of the four-hundredth anniversary of the landing of Hernando De Soto in Tampa Bay, under the auspices and on the grounds of the Florida Fair and Gasparilla Association, Incorporated, in the year 1939, 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, to be known as the Pan American Exposition:
Now, Therefore, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, in compliance with the aforesaid joint resolution of Congress, do invite the participation of the countries of the Americas in this Exposition.
In Witness 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 15th day of November 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 2261—Pan American Exposition, Tampa, Florida, 1939 Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/357499