12.08.2019

Rambling Over Coffee: A 20th century icon of the Democratic Party and someone whose liberal politics established an enduring benchmark that continues to shape politics today, owned a gun

Originally posted in 2016


With debate raging around the nation about gun control and Second Amendment rights, the fact is, one of the greats of the Democratic Party not only owned a gun, but carried it for protection!

"Eleanor Roosevelt is considered a 20th century icon of the Democratic Party and someone whose liberal politics established an enduring benchmark that continues to shape politics today. The fact that she owned a gun offers yet another dimension to the historic legacy of a president and first lady...."

Yes, Eleanor Roosevelt, known for traveling the country to highlight the plight of the poor and marginalized, also was packing heat.

(Photo: Courtesy/FDR Presidential Library) 

https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2015/07/12/eleanor-roosevelt-gun-owner/29953377/


You can read the full story at the Poughkeepsie Journal (link above)



The mother of five had a .22 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol with a 6-inch barrel, front sight and a round top frame with an adjustable rear sight.

Her application for a pistol permit in Dutchess County was added in June to the extensive materials on Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park.

The permit was among the items in Eleanor Roosevelt’s wallet when she died on Nov. 7, 1962. The date on the pistol permit was Aug. 5, 1957. Her address on the permit is listed as “ValKill Cottage, Hyde Park.” Her occupation is listed as “Writer & Lecturer.” She wrote that she was employed by “Self.”  Eleanor Roosevelt’s pistol application indicated that she had previously been granted a pistol license in 1933. No further information was available.

The application had been processed by the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office and signed by then-Sheriff C. Fred Close. It included a photo of Eleanor Roosevelt wearing a hat, fur stole and double strand of pearls. The reason for the pistol, according to Eleanor Roosevelt’s application, was “protection.”