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The secretary to several U.S. Presidents types this letter responding to a request for President McKinley's autograph
Typed Letter signed: “Geo B. Cortelyou”, in iron gall ink, 1p, 4½x6¾ affixed to 5½x8½ piece of paper. No place, 1900 December 22. On official letterhead of the Executive Mansion, Washington. To “My dear Sir”. In full:Your letter of the 17th instant is received and in compliance with your request I take much pleasure in sending you the enclosed autograph of the President./ Very truly yours”. After President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, George Bruce Cortelyou (1862-1930), who had previously been a stenographer to President Grover Cleveland, continued as President Roosevelt's Secretary until 1903. Roosevelt was impressed with his expertise in handling the 1902 coal strike negotiations, and appointed him as the first Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1903-1904). Cortelyou also served as Postmaster General (1905-1907) and Secretary of the Treasury (1907-1909) under Roosevelt before leaving government service to become President of the New York Consolidated Gas Company. Lightly toned. One horizontal mailing fold. Corners and edges gently worn. Left edge of paper to which letter is affixed is irregular. Pencil note (unknown hand) on paper to which letter is affixed. 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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