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Brief letter from Alger, stating there is nothing to be said about him politically as he is simply "in the ranks"
Typed Letter signed: "R A Alger", 1p, 5¼x8 with blank integral leaf. Detroit, Michigan, 1895 July 16. On personal letterhead to Colonel Darwin C. Pavey, Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "Yours of the 13th inst. is at hand. There is nothing to be said about me politically as I am simply "in the ranks." [quotation marks added in ink] With many thanks for the suggestion, I am, Sincerely yours". 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). Multiple folds, one crossing through signature. Signature slightly faded and smeared, but legible. Toned. Lightly soiled. Light surface creases. Corners slightly worn and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 27, 1836 in Medina County, Ohio
Died: January 24, 1907 in Washington, District of Columbia

Film Credits
1898 President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff (in person), 1898 General Wheeler and Secretary of War Alger at Camp Wikoff (in person)

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