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Feb 19

“Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., visited the University of Virginia law School today (Feb. 19, 1937), discussed the courses offered here and took application blanks away with him, it was announced by Dr. George Boardman Eager, dean of the law school. It has been reported for some time that young Roosevelt was considering entering the University next year but Dr. Eager stated that he had no communication from the Roosevelt family until he was visited this morning.”

The Daily Progress account went on: “Roosevelt visited the Monticello Hotel this morning but did not register for a room, employees there said.”

A day earlier, The Daily Progress acknowledged the rumors swirling about town of the president’s son considering UVa. Roosevelt and his fiancée Ethel du Pont had been spotted in town, and seen by passengers on the Florida-New York train.

Roosevelt Jr. did enroll in the School of Law at UVa that fall and went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree in 1940. It was at his graduation that his father, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, delivered his famous “Stab in the Back” speech, criticizing Italy’s entry into the war. Soon after graduation, Roosevelt was commissioned in the U.S. Navy and following WW II, assumed his law career. He also served on President Harry S. Truman’s committee on civil rights, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

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