President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, San Jose, California

1933 – The Works Projects Administration Builds San José’s Main Post Office

In 1933, the Works Progress Administration, which was renamed to the Work Project Administration in 1939, constructed the Main Post Office for the city of San José, California after it was designed by Ralph Wycoff.

After the establishment of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Main Post Office was one of multiple buildings constructed by the Work Project Administration, while the city of San José endured through the Great Depression.

Author’s Note:

Author Philip Andrew Hamilton has a P.O. Box at the Main Post Office of San José, which is walking distance from James Park and various historical landmarks publicly listed by History San Jose.

Elizabeth Shoumatoff, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Roosevelt’s Little White House – The Site Where President Franklin Delanor Roosevelt Died

In February 2018, I got to visit what is now called “Roosevelt’s Little White House”, which was a vacation home and a former residence for President Franklin Dwight Roosevelt. The former president would retreat there as a therapeutic time to deal with his Polio.

On April 12, 1945, artist Elizabeth Shoumatoff was painting a portrait of President Roosevelt and he ended up slouching on his chair, unresponsive, before the portrait was complete. Two hours later, President Roosevelt died of a brain hemmorage. President Franklin Roosevelt’s final portrait is still displayed inside of the “Little White House”.

Presently, the former residence of President Franklin Roosevelt serves as a musuem.

Arlington County, Virginia, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Pentagon

The Establishment Of “The Pentagon” – As A Central U.S. War Department Building

On May 27, 1941, three weeks after Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union, President Franklin Roosevelt declared a “State of Emergency” and began plans to develop a new central building for the United Stated War Department, which at the time was scattered among 17 buildings. President Franklin Roosevelt personally approved construction of the new War Department building at 21st Street within Washington D.C.’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood. However, it was decided to have the War Department building in Arlington County, Virginia so that it would be outside of the city of Washington D.C. which was a target for the Axis government.

Construction of “The Pentagon” began on September 11, 2001, exactly sixty years before the day of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Accotink Creek, Civilian Conservation Corps, Old Keene Mill Road, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Springfield, Virginia, The Civilian Conservation Corps

The Civilian Conservation Corps – Racially Segregated Camp In Springfield, Virginia

Members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, during the Great Depression, were composed of racially segregated camps. African American Civilian Conservation Group members, stationed in Springfield, Virginia, created multiple trails, including one along Accotink Creek and Old Keene Mill Road.

The unveiling of the CCC Historical Marker on April 5, 2008.

On April 5, 2008 a historical marker honoring the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Springfield, Virginia was placed.

Greenbelt, Maryland, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The Maryland City That Was Founded As Part Of FDR’s New Deal

The town of Greenbelt, Maryland was founded in 1937, as 3,500 workers from the New Deal Program was sent to live and to work in that part of Maryland. Greenbelt was the first community established in the United States as a federal venture for housing.

The Greenbelt History Musuem in Maryland.

The Greenbelt Musuem has more information on how the New Deal influenced Greenbelt.

Mare Island, Mare Island Museum, Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt’s Visits To Mare Island

In 1914, Franklin Roosevelt visited Mare Island as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the beginning of “World War I”. Franklin Roosevelt’s relative Theodore Roosevelt had also served as Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War. On September 24, 1942, Franklin Roosevelt would visit Mare Island again, as president, a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred.

Author’s Note:

The archives on President Franklin Roosevelt’s visit to Mare Island are in the Mare Island Musuem.