Denton in Caroline County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
On this spot Sept. 5, 1938 stood Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #32 Franklin D. Roosevelt series list.
Location. 38° 53.192′ N, 75° 49.988′ W. Marker is in Denton, Maryland, in Caroline County. Marker is on Market Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is across street from the Caroline County Court House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Denton MD 21629, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Roosevelt's Speech (here, next to this marker); Caroline Court House (a few steps from this marker); Revolution or Fraud? (within shouting distance of this marker); Caroline Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Great Wars of World Conflict (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wilkes Booth (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maryland's Eastern ShoreTwo Neighbors * Two Governors * Two States (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Denton.
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1. Address at Denton, Maryland. Contributor corresponded with the FDR Library to see why the President was in Denton on this day. Received the following reply from the Supervisory Archivist.
“This is in response to your recent inquiry to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library concerning FDR's visit to Denton, Maryland on September 5, 1938.
“President Roosevelt visited Denton, Maryland in order to campaign for Representative David Lewis of Maryland who was running against incumbent Senator Millard Tydings in the Democratic Primary. FDR’s campaign against a sitting senator in the Democratic Primary was part of his ill-fated attempt to ‘purge’ the Democratic Party of those Democrats seen to be insufficiently, or inconsistently, liberal. While there, he also delivered his nationally broadcast Labor Day Address which includes the quote that appears on the marker you found in Denton. You can see elements of campaign rhetoric throughout the Labor Day Address.
“You can read the text of the entire speech by going to the following link to the public papers of FDR as posted on the American Presidency Project website:
“For more on the so-called Purge, I recommend consulting Jean Edward Smith’s new biography of Roosevelt called FDR (Random House, 2007).
“I hope this information proves helpful.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library
4079 Albany Post Road Hyde Park, NY 12538
Phone 845.486.7742 Fax 845.486.1147
“VISIT US AT: www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum's website contains more than 13,000 digitized archival documents, photographs, finding aids, educational resources, upcoming events, and visitor information.”
(Submitted on November 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Text of FDR's Labor Day speech given at Denton, Maryland. (Submitted on November 13, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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