GEORGE B. CORTELYOU - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/20/1903 - HFSID 291705
Sale Price $288.00
GEORGE B. CORTELYOU
Signing as Secretary of Commerce and Labor, he replies to an autograph request
Typed Letter signed: "Geo. M. Cortelyou" as Secretary of Commerce and Labor, iron gall ink, 1p, 5½x7. No place, 1903 June 20. On official letterhead of the Department of Commerce and Labor. Addressed to “Dr. Joseph B. Ringland/ St. Joseph's Hospital,/ Syracuse, New York.”. To “My dear Sir”. In full: "In reply to your recent letter, I take pleasure in inclosing herewith a card on which you will find the desired autograph. [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. Lightly toned. Corners creased. Mailing fold through center. Otherwise, fine condition.
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