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GEORGE B. CORTELYOU - TYPED NOTE SIGNED 08/09/1899 - DOCUMENT 3794

 
GEORGE B. CORTELYOU
Signing as President McKinley's secretary in iron gall ink, he sends this letter responding to a request for the President's autograph
Typed Letter signed: "Geo. B. Cortelyou" as Secretary to President McKinley, in iron gall ink, 1p, 5¼x5¼. Hotel Champlain, Clinton County, N.Y., 1899 August 9. To "Dear Madam". In full: "Your note of the 5th instant has been received, and I have much pleasure in sending you herewith the desired autograph of the President. [Enclosure not included.] Very truly yours." After President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, George Bruce Cortelyou (1862-1940), 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. Pencil note (unknown hand) at top center. Slightly frayed at lower edge. Lightly soiled at lower left-hand corner. Otherwise, fine condition.


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




Film Credits
1896 William McKinley at Canton, Ohio (in person)


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