“This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 27, 1936
“You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.”
-Ronald Reagan, October 27, 1964
The phrase, “rendezvous with destiny” was just too good to be used only once. Twenty-eight years before Ronald Reagan used the famous line in his A Time for Choosing speech, FDR spoke the same words at the 1936 Democratic National Convention.
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One might say that the Presidential Libraries are an invention of the 20th century. FDR created the foundation for our first library in 1939 when he donated his papers to the Federal Government. Before that, it was customary for Presidents or their heirs to disperse Presidential papers at the end of the administration. Some pre-Hoover collections now reside in the Library of Congress, and others are split among several libraries, historical societies, and private collections. Many materials have also been lost or deliberately destroyed.