BRIGADIER GENERAL THEODORE ROOSEVELT JR. - TELEGRAM UNSIGNED 12/09/1930 - HFSID 6100378
[THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JR.] As Governor of Puerto Rico, he sends an urgent 1930 telegram to an Ohio woman raising money to feed needy children on the island Telegram, unsigned, 1p, 8x10¼. New York, N.Y., 1930 December 9. Teletype message to Mrs. B. G. Huntington, Columbus, Ohio.
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[THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JR.]
As Governor of Puerto Rico, he sends an urgent 1930 telegram to an Ohio woman raising money to feed needy children on the island
Telegram, unsigned, 1p, 8x10¼. New York, N.Y., 1930 December 9. Teletype message to Mrs. B. G. Huntington, Columbus, Ohio. In full: "Arriving New York from Porto Rico learn that appeal now being made Columbus by you and your committee behalf our child feeding work. Appreciate your efforts and am confident your citizens will contribute gladly and substantially. We are now feeding forty thousand neediest cases daily. Nothing must jeopardize continuance this life saving endeavor. We are anxiously awaiting results of your efforts. It is literally a matter of life and death to our children. Were we compelled to close feeding stations or deprive any children needed food it would spell death. This is an American job. Child feeding simply means groundwork for building new order of things Porto Rico. Do your best for us. The eldest son of Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt III (1887-1944), known as Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., followed his father into Republican New York State politics. First serving in the State Assembly (1919-1920), Theodore, Jr., like his father and his cousin Eleanor's husband, Franklin, was then appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1921-1925). He ran for Governor of New York in 1924, losing to Al Smith, but later served as Governor of Puerto Rico (1929-1932) and Governor General of the Philippines (1932-1933). (Franklin Roosevelt campaigned vigorously against Ted Jr. in his race for New York Governor, and Ted returned the favor when Franklin ran for Governor and then President.) During WWII, Brigadier General Roosevelt, a WWI veteran, was attached to the 4th U.S. Infantry Division, Normandy in June 1944. On July 12, 1944, shortly after leading his men onto Utah Beach, he died of a heart attack brought on by extreme exhaustion. He was the only general to land in the first wave of the D-Day assault. For his bravery and valor during WWII, Roosevelt was awarded Purple Heart and a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor. He is buried in the D-Day cemetery next to his younger brother Kermit, killed in World War I. Roosevelt was a popular Governor of Puerto Rico, seriously committed to the job, as this telegram attests. Mrs. B. G. Huntington, engaged in this charitable work, was the wife of Baldwin Gwynne Huntington, of the prominent Ohio banking family, who would soon become President (1933-1949) of Huntington National Bank. Top left corner torn, top edge slightly tattered and stained. Otherwise, fine condition.
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