FDR's historic campus visit
The eyes of the world were on Queen's on Aug. 18, 1938 – 75 years ago – as U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited campus to accept an honorary degree and make an historic speech.
The eyes of the world were on Queen’s University 75 years ago this summer as U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt visited campus to accept an honorary degree from Queen’s.
At the August 18, 1938, ceremony, held before an overflow crowd at George Richardson Memorial Stadium, FDR delivered an important foreign policy speech. The president signaled an end to U.S. isolationism, pledging to come to the aid of Canada if this country was ever “threatened” by a hostile power – a thinly veiled reference to Nazi Germany.