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The secretary to multiple U.S. Presidents pens this letter to Joseph Stanley-Brown
Manuscript Letter signed: "Geo. B. Cortelyou" as Personal Secretary to President McKinley, in iron gall ink, 2p, 4¾x8. No place, 1899 January 10. On official letterhead of the Executive Mansion, Washington. Addressed to “Mr. J. Stanley-Brown/ Washington, D.C.”. To “Dear Mr. Stanley-Brown”. In full: "It has given me pleasure to comply with the request contained in your recent note, and Mrs. McKinley has asked me to express to Mrs. Stanley-Brown and yourself her cordial thanks for your courtesy and remembrance. The gift is highly prized, and in Mrs. McKinley's behalf I beg to assure you of her sincere appreciation of this evidence of thoughtfulness and esteem. Mr. Porter is glad to have the photograph, and, no doubt, will send you a personal acknowledgment." GEORGE BRUCE CORTELYOU (1862-1940) served as Personal Secretary to Presidents McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and was the first Secretary of Commerce and Labor, in addition to serving as Postmaster General and Secretary of the Treasury in the Roosevelt administration. JOSEPH STANLEY-BROWN, the former Personal Secretary to President Garfield, had married Mary Garfield, President Garfield's daughter, in 1888. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: July 26, 1862 in New York City, New York
Died: October 23, 1940 in Long Island City, New York

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1896 William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (in person)

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