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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 08/04/1897 - HFSID 27655

PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT As Acting Navy Secretary, the Medal of Honor recipient revokes a Navy Engineer's leave of absence and requires him to report to the Navy Yard in New York, New York Typed Letter signed: "T. Roosevelt", 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1897 August 4.

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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
As Acting Navy Secretary, the Medal of Honor recipient revokes a Navy Engineer's leave of absence and requires him to report to the Navy Yard in New York, New York
Typed Letter signed: "T. Roosevelt", 1p, 8x10¼. Washington, D.C., 1897 August 4. On Navy Department letterhead to a Navy Engineer on leave. In full: "Proceed to New York, N. Y. , and report to the Commandant of the Navy Yard at that place, for such duty as he may assign you at the Yard. This employment on shore duty is required by the public interests. The unexpired portion of the leave of absence granted you July 20th, last, is hereby revoked. Respectfully,". Docketing on verso shows that he reported. Well remembered is the heroism of Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) in the Spanish-American War, where he earned the Medal of Honor for leading his volunteer "Rough Riders" in a charge up San Juan Hill (1898), helped him win the governorship of New York the next year and to become President McKinley's running mate when the latter won a second term in 1900.) Less well known are Roosevelt's active efforts as Assistant Secretary of the Navy to prepare the US Navy for the war with Spain. Roosevelt had arrived at the Navy Department (April 1897) an active exponent of the theories of Alfred Thayer Mahan on the influence of sea power on history. His superior, Secretary John D. Long, a former Governor of Massachusetts, was an able administrator who did not share Roosevelt's enthusiasm for building a bigger, stronger navy. Long delegated much responsibility to Roosevelt, and took long vacations during which Roosevelt served as Acting Secretary. Considering war with Spain inevitable long before President McKinley accepted that view, Roosevelt rushed naval preparations and helped promote his friends, such as Admiral George Dewey, to forward positions with the fleet. Roosevelt's efforts were vindicated when Dewey, as commander of the Asiatic Squadron, crushed the Spanish fleet at the Battle of Manila Bay (May 1, 1898). The U.S.S. Raleigh was present and distinguished itself in that engagement. Lightly foxed and soiled. Docketing on verso shows through lightly touching signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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