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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/10/1882 - HFSID 13871

23-YEAR-OLD ASSEMBLYMAN THEODORE ROOSEVELT WRITES TO A NEW YORK CITY REPUBLICAN LEADER.   THEODORE ROOSEVELT Early Autograph Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", 3½p, 4½x7. Oyster Bay, L.I., 1882 June 10. To New York City Republican leader (James S.) Lehmair.

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23-YEAR-OLD ASSEMBLYMAN THEODORE ROOSEVELT WRITES TO A NEW YORK CITY REPUBLICAN LEADER.
 
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Early Autograph Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", 3½p, 4½x7. Oyster Bay, L.I., 1882 June 10. To New York City Republican leader (James S.) Lehmair. In full: "It will give me great pleasure to call on you as soon as I get an opportunity; at present I am out in the country. You are mistaken in thinking that I have lost my interest in the Young Men's Ass; but it was, of course, impossible for me to do much with it while I had so much more important work on my hands up in Albany. It certainly ought to be made of to have a good of weight in the district. Some of the men in it seem very good fellows; others are decidedly foolish and, unless I am mistaken, have only joined it with the purpose of using it as a stepping stone to secure their own advancement. Hoping soon to see you." During the 1882 session of the Assembly, Roosevelt was the Minority Leader. He was only 23 years old, but quickly rose to his party's leadership in his first term. When the Republicans became the majority, he was the favored candidate for Assembly Speaker but was defeated when deals were made among his opponents. The main reason for opposition to his candidacy, other than his youth, was that Roosevelt voted his own mind, at times against the wishes of his party. Roosevelt had married 19-year-old Alice Hathaway Lee on his 22nd birthday in 1880. After both his wife and his mother died on the same day, February 14, 1884, Roosevelt left the Assembly and moved to a ranch in the Dakota Territory, where he remained for two years. When he returned to New York City in 1886, with LEHMAIR'S support, 28-year-old Roosevelt received the Republican nomination for Mayor of New York City but lost the November election to industrialist and Congressman Abram S. Hewitt. Lightly soiled. File holes touch two words. ¼-inch vertical tear at upper edge touches one word (all letters intact).

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