PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 09/30/1907 - HFSID 42889
THEODORE ROOSEVELT Signed Presidential letter to noted physicist Robert W. Wood, wishing he could view Wood's collection of boomerangs Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as 26th U.S. President, 1 page, 7¼x8¾.
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Signed Presidential letter to noted physicist Robert W. Wood, wishing he could view Wood's collection of boomerangs
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as 26th U.S. President, 1 page, 7¼x8¾. On White House stationery but written from Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1907 August 30. To Mr. R.W. Wood, East Hampton, N.Y. In full: "I thank you for your letter of the 21st, and look forward to the receipt of your book. I wish I could trespass on your kindness by getting you to bring over that collection of boomerangs, but I as I am sorry to say that my holiday is about over, and from now on I shall be hard at work preparing half a dozen speeches for my Mississippi River trip and my annual message to Congress, and I hardly dare to make any engagements. With hearty thanks, believe me." In an unsigned Autographed Note, Wood has commented in pencil between the letterhead and the text: "Letter recd after I had sent him 'Physical Optics' - A later letter said he had never received it-and agreed with my guess that it had failed to pass the Secretarial filter". ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) is one of America's most well-known and flamboyant presidents. Roosevelt's heroism 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. Elected Vice President in 1900, Roosevelt assumed the presidency upon President William McKinley's assassination (1901), becoming America's youngest president. He 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 antitrust legislation. After failing to secure the Republican nomination, he ran as the Progressive ("Bull Moose") candidate in the famous presidential contest of 1912. He lost to Democrat Woodrow Wilson, but he secured more votes than incumbent William Howard Taft, becoming the most successful third-party candidate in recent United States history. ROBERT WILLIAMS WOOD, a physicist, was a professor at Johns Hopkins University (1901-1953). He did research in optics, radiation and on the biological and physiological effects of high-frequency sound waves and was the first to observe field emission. He wrote Physical Optics in 1905. Lightly creased. Fine condition.
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