Franklin Roosevelt

1958 4¢ Forest Conservation stamp
September 10, 1875

The American Forestry Association

The American Forestry Association was founded on September 10, 1875, in Chicago, Illinois. It’s one of America’s oldest national conservation organizations, with a mission of “Creating Healthy and Resilient Forests, from Cities to Wilderness, that Deliver Essential Benefits for Climate, People, Water and Wildlife.”

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1937 $1 Marihuana tax stamp
August 2, 1937

Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

On August 2, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 into law. The act required all producers, laboratories, dealers, importers, and doctors to register each year to legally buy and sell marijuana.

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1985 Mary McLeod Bethune stamp
July 10, 1875

Birth of Mary McLeod Bethune

Educator and activist Mary Jane McLeod Bethune was born on July 10, 1875, in Mayesville, South Carolina. She founded a private school for African Americans and was a member of several African American women’s organizations, sometimes called the “Female Booker T. Washington.”

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1984 National Archives stamp
June 19, 1934

The Founding of the National Archives

On June 19, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation creating the National Archives. The archives houses billions of historic documents, photographs, maps, videos, and more.

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1984 Soil and Water Conservation stamp
April 27, 1935

The Soil Conservation Service

On April 27, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Soil Conservation Act. The act established the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to reduce and repair the damage caused by soil erosion. The SCS’s work was expanded and continues today as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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2009 Villard and Bates stamp
March 13, 1872

Birth of Oswald Garrison Villard

Journalist and civil rights activist Oswald Garrison Villard was born on March 13, 1872, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He was an editor of the New York Evening Post and a founding member of the NAACP.

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 US #O117 – War Department Official Stamp
January 15, 1943

The Pentagon 

On January 15, 1943, construction on the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building, was completed.

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 US #930 pictures Roosevelt and his upstate New York home at Hyde Park.
January 14, 1943

Casablanca Conference

On January 14, 1943, Allied leaders met in Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss the next stage of World War II.

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 US #908 – FDR personally selected this stamp design to show the world why the US entered the war. 
January 6, 1941

Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his “Four Freedoms” speech while delivering the State of the Union Address.

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