PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/29/1906 - HFSID 43442
THEODORE ROOSEVELT As President he signs a typed letter urging his Solicitor General not to resign. TLS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as 26th U.S. President, 1 page, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1906 June 29. To Hon. Henry M. Hoyt, Solicitor-General, Department of Justice.
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As President he signs a typed letter urging his Solicitor General not to resign.
TLS: "Theodore Roosevelt" as 26th U.S. President, 1 page, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1906 June 29. To Hon. Henry M. Hoyt, Solicitor-General, Department of Justice. In full: "Your decision is entirely satisfactory. I was simply acting as I thought Senator Knox and you would desire. I need not say that personally I would much prefer having you remain in the position you now hold, and in which you are doing such admirable work. Sincerely yours." Added in his hand: "You would be a very real loss to the administration if you left." President THEODORE ROOSEVELT annotated and signed this letter to his solicitor general, Henry Martyn Hoyt. Roosevelt's persuasion was effective. Hoyt remained Solicitor General for the duration of TR's Presidency (1903-1909). As solicitor general, Hoyt and his department represented the U.S. in cases decided by the Supreme Court. It was also Hoyt's responsibility to determine if the government would appeal any cases it lost in the lower courts. Hoyt, the son of Governor Henry Hoyt of Pennsylvania, was appointed to the Justice Department as an Assistant Attorney General by Roosevelt's predecessor, William McKinley. While in that position, he worked under Attorney General Philander C. Knox, who is mentioned in this letter and at this time was a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. At the Justice Department, Hoyt and Knox worked together to help Roosevelt gain the reputation as a "trust buster" and to reinforce his "Square Deal" domestic policies. Specifically, they worked to show that J.P. Morgan's and Edward Harriman's Northern Securities Company was in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act. The case was decided by the Supreme Court in 1904 in favor of the U.S. government. Assuming the presidency upon President William McKinley's assassination, Roosevelt was the youngest man to become president. The former leader of the Rough riders was re-elected in 1904. Roosevelt was the first American to win a Nobel Prize for Peace, receiving the 1906 award for mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese War. Known for his "Speak softly and carry a big stick" foreign policy, Roosevelt settled the Canadian-Alaskan boundary dispute in 1903 and initiated construction of the Panama Canal in 1904. He converted more than 125 million acres of land into national forests and was a staunch advocate of fair trade. His popularity from his exploits with the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War of 1898 helped him win the Governorship of New York in 1899. He had served as Vice President for only six months before assuming the presidency. Lightly creased. Folds, mid-vertical fold touches 1 word of writing and an "o" in Theodore. Overall, fine condition. Framed in Gallery of History style: 36x24¼.
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