The Bonus After the 1932 Elections

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American Legion Demand for Immediate Bonus Payment

Lines for Renewal of the bonus battle were formed in mid-September, 1932, when the American Legion in national convention at Portland, Oregon, reversed the stand it had taken in 1931 and adopted, by the overwhelming vote of 1,167 to 109, a resolution demanding immediate payment of the 1945 matured value of veterans' adjusted service certificates. In a statement issued at the White House the day before the Legion acted, President Hoover reiterated his opposition to the proposal and declared that in his judgment its enactment would be “a deadly blow at the welfare of the nation.” Governor Roosevelt made no comment. His position with respect to present bonus demands remains undisclosed, although he said last April that he ...

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