Eleanor Roosevelt’s License to Carry a Pistol

Eleanor Roosevelt's Wallet

Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, died in Manhattan in 1962 at the age of 78.

Her wallet and its contents from the day she died are now part of her husband’s presidential library.  It’s an interesting personal look at this historical figure!  The red wallet, inscribed with her name is shown below.  Its contents included:

  • A license to carry a pistol in the state of New York (shown above)
  • A Diner’s Club credit card
  • Her health insurance card
  • A St. Christopher card
  • A poem
  • An application to renew her driver’s license
  • A membership card for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC


Sources: For info and photo of wallet [National Archives: Prologue Magazine]; for photo of license [Slate Magazine’s History Blog: The Vault]

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9 Responses to Eleanor Roosevelt’s License to Carry a Pistol

  1. tkmorin says:

    The contents of a person’s wallet does indeed say a lot about that person! I liked the right to carry a gun permit … Great post as always! Than you! 🙂

  2. Gypsy Bev says:

    Eleanor Roosevelt was a woman far ahead of her time on many issues. A woman with a gun permit in 1957 was indeed rare.

  3. So she got the gun permit in ’57…five years before she died and when she was in her 70’s…fascinating and wonder what the story behind that was! Thanks as always.

    • Thanks! That’s what intrigued me about this: I love historical events that have ‘gaps’ in them, it lets the imagination wander. I found her photo, with her wearing pearls and fur, an interesting juxtaposition to the permit!

  4. kerbey says:

    Maybe I’m crazy, but I like the look of the font on the permit, the way the typewriter just misses the blanks, everything that makes it so quaint and genuine.

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