The National Archives presents Tokens and Treasures: Gifts to Twelve Presidents

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Herbert Hoover
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Harry S. Truman
Dwight D. Eisenhower
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Richard Nixon
Gerald R. Ford
Jimmy Carter
Ronald Reagan
George Bush
William J. Clinton
Gifts of State

Presidential Library System
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Franklin D Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

Franklin D Roosevelt Signature

Franklin D. Roosevelt
32d President, 1933-45


Cowboy and Adolph Hitler, by H. S. Anderson, Topanga, California, 1942
Gift of Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce
Wood, cowboy: 121/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 inches;
Hitler: 10 7/8 x 3 1/4 x 4 inches

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Cowboy and Adolph Hitler

Jesse Jones, Secretary of Commerce from 1941 to 1945, gave this carving to Roosevelt during the first months of U.S. involvement in World War II.


Democratic Donkey quilt,1936
Anonymous gift
Cotton, 84 x 75 inches

Democratic Donkey

In the 1936 Presidential election, Americans reelected FDR to a second term. This quilt commemorates the President's landslide victory over his opponent, Republican Alfred M. Landon of Kansas. Embroidered on the stars are the names of the 48 states and the number of electoral votes each cast. The total number won by the President is embroidered in the center, while the number won by Landon appears in the bottom border, between the stars for the only two states that went Republican.



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