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Cars used by FDR, Rocky on display at State Fair

August 22, 2014
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Visitors to the New York State Fair can check out a display of two historical vehicles used by Franklin D. Roosevelt and Nelson Rockefeller while they were governor.

The 1932 Packard Phaeton was bought that same year by Roosevelt for his use while in Albany. When FDR was elected president later that year, the car became part of the state fleet. It was rarely used after 1942, when Republican Gov. Thomas Dewey acquired a Cadillac.

In 1982, the vehicle was used to transport Queen Beatrix and Prince Claus of The Netherlands visited Albany while Hugh Carey was governor.

The other vehicle on display through Labor Day is the 1967 Lincoln Executive Limousine used by Gov. Nelson Rockefeller. The limo was used by succeeding governor until 1988.

Both vehicles are owned by the New York State Museum in Albany.



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