RUSSELL A. ALGER
Letter from Alger dated 1890, asking that a friend inquire about a
lithograph of Joseph B. Foraker seen in a local barber shop
Typed letter signed: "R.A. Alger", 1p, 7¾x10½. Detroit,
Michigan, 1890 June 18. On personal letterhead to Comrade John M. Dalzell,
Caldwell, Ohio. In part: "I now write to ask you a favor. In the
little barber shop around the corner, from, and opposite the hotel where I
stopped, run by an old Comrade, is a very fine lithograph of Governor Foraker.
Will you please stop over there and get me the name of the company that made the
lithograph...." JOSEPH B. FORAKER was Governor of Ohio from 1885-1889.
Russell A. Alger (1836-1907), an attorney and Civil War hero, served as
Secretary of War during McKinley's first term, from March 5, 1897 until August
1, 1899, when he resigned over criticism of his management of the War
Department. Despite having been Governor of Michigan (1885-1887), Alger lacked
the decisiveness required during the Spanish-American War. McKinley made his own
strategic decisions without consulting Alger, and "Algerism" became a synonym
for incompetence. Despite his failure in McKinley's Cabinet, Alger went on
to publish a book, The Spanish American War (1901) and served in the
U.S. Senate (1902-1907). Top half of page inlaid. Light surface creases.
Multiple folds throughout. Lightly toned. Corners slightly worn. Top edge frayed
and uneven. Pencil notes (unknown hand) on top left margin. Ink doubled over in
center of page. Otherwise, fine condition.
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