FDR

"A rather scarce little book, in fine condition with the map," was how Franklin Delano Roosevelt, then governor of New York, described--and inscribed on the book's pastedown--his first edition of William H. Colyer's Sketches of the North River (1838), alongside his name and "Executive Mansion, 1930."

In a letter dated January 20, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt waxed poetic with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, scribbling some verses from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Sail on, O Ship of State!" FDR preceded the patriotic lines, originally written in 1849, with these words, "I think this verse