Presidential Flag of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945.

Sub-collection: President Franklin D. Roosevelt

This U.S. flag is the last automobile flag used by the Limousine of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
This flag was removed from the Presidential Limousine in Warm Springs, Georgia shortly after the death of FDR by aide United States Marine Corps (USMC) Captain Peyton Harris. Presidential automobile flags were first used by President Wilson during his visit to Versailles after the First World War and have been used by every President ever since.

They are a smaller version of the Presidential Color, often executed in bunting and without fringe they mark a vehicle carrying the American President. Unlike Royal standards, which signify the presence of a royal personage, presidential flags recognize an office holder.

This small bunting flag was made at the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot out of wool bunting with cotton appliqué and stitching, with additional detail on the olive branch painted by hand.

Captain Harris was a decorated veteran of the War in the Pacific where he had been awarded the Silver Star for valor. He served as a commissioned aide to President Roosevelt and was with the presidential party in Warn Springs and accompanied the remains back to the White House. He remained in the USMC after the war eventually attaining the grade of colonel. The flag was acquired from the Harris family via Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas.

ZFC Significant Flag

• Made by Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot.
• Used by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1945.
• Removed from Presidential Limousine by Capt. L. Peyton Harris, USMC, April, 1945.
• Retained by Captain Harris until passing, 2009
• Gifted to his son L. Peyton Harris, Jr. of Newport News, Virginia, 2009.
• Sold via Heritage Auctions of Dallas, Texas to Zaricor Flag Collection, 2009.


Flag of the President of the United States, Wikipedia, 25 October 2011, from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_President_of_the_United_States

Patterson, Richard, Richardson Dougall, The Eagle and The Shield, Department of State, Washington, 1976.

History of the President's Flag, Sea Flags, 1 October 2011, from: http://mysite.verizon.net/vzeohzt4/Seaflags/personal/potus.html#top

Lawrence Peyton Harris, Obituary, Daily Progress on June 19, 2009, 25 October 2011, from: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dailyprogress/obituary.aspx?n=lawrence-peyton-harris&pid=128607913&fhid=5773

Lawrence Peyton Harris, Obituary, The Virginian Pilot on June 19, 2009, 25 October 2011, from: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=lawrence-peyton-harris&pid=128608907&fhid=5773

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection

Hoist & Fly

Width of Hoist 18.125
Length of Fly 25.5


Comments on Star Measurements There are 13 stars in the glory of the arms, and one star in each corner.
Size of Stars 2.125


Size of Hoist 2


Is it framed? no


Number of Stars 4
How are the stars embeded? Sewn
Are there stars on obverse? yes
Are there stars on reverse? yes


Has a Blood Stripe? no


Description of Crest/Emblem U.S. Presidential arms


Nation Represented United States


Fabric Wool


Stitching Machine


Comments on Method of Attachmen with tabs
Method of Attachment Sleeve


Applique Sides Double Sided = Two sides different


Lettter of Authenticity

Lettter of Authenticity

All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.
Research Documents

Public Copy & Signs
All original documents and drawings are held in the Zaricor Flag Collection Archives.


Condition Good
Damage Used, mothing
Displayable yes


Date 1945