William F. Stevenson letters and invitations
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William F. Stevenson letters and invitations

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Stevenson, William Francis, 1861-1942.
Title: William F. Stevenson letters and invitations
Dates: 1933-1939
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1044

Biographical/Historical Note

William Francis Stevenson was born in Iredell County, North Carolina. After graduating from Davidson College, he moved to South Carolina and was admitted to the bar in 1887. In 1892 he settled in Cheraw, South Carolina, where he continued his law practice and became active in local Democratic politics. He was a member of the State House of Representatives from 1896 to 1902 and from 1910 to 1914. He was the House Speaker from 1900-1902. Stevenson was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1917, a seat he retained until 1933. From 1933 to 1939 he was a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, serving as its chairman in 1933.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters between William F. Stevenson and Franklin Roosevelt concerning the Home Owners' Loan Corporation and Stevenson's position on the board. Additionally, one letter from Roosevelt outlines Roosevelt's inability to reappoint Stevenson to the board because of age restrictions. The collection also contains two invitations; one inviting Stevenson to the 1937 inauguration for Roosevelt, and one inviting Stevenson to a reception celebrating the twenty-second anniversary of the October Revolution in the Soviet Union.

Index Terms

Home Owners' Loan Corporation.
Letters (correspondence)
Presidents--United States--Inauguration.
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Soviet Union--History--Revolution, 1917-1921.
Stevenson, William Francis, 1861-1942.
United States. Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William F. Stevenson letters and invitations, MS 1044, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: William Stevenson letter to Franklin Roosevelt, 1933 October 26 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from Washington D.C. Reports on the establishment of the 257 officers of the Home Owners' Loan Corporation and asks to be relieved from the post of chairman of the HOLC board.
Item 2: Roosevelt letter to Stevenson, 1933 November 2 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from The White House. Complies with Stevenson's request to be removed as chairman of HOLC board and congratulates him on accomplishments while in that position.
Item 3: Roosevelt letter to Stevenson, 1933 November 2 ( 1.0 p. )
Sent from The White House. Explains the ages restriction that prevents Roosevelt from reappointing Stevenson to the Federal Home Loan Board.
Item 4: Stevenson letter to Roosevelt, 1938 June 20
Sent from Washington, D.C. Thanks Roosevelt for letter of June 15, 1938 and expresses his pleasure and satisfaction from serving on the Federal Home Loan Board.
Item 5: Printed invitation to William Stevenson, 1937
For the 1937 inauguration of Franklin Roosevelt on January 20, 1937.
Item 6: Printed invitation to William Stevenson from the Charge d'Affaires, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, 1939
Invitation for Stevenson to attend reception on November 7, 1939, honoring the twenty-second anniversary of the October Revolution.