PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/06/1907 - HFSID 5768
THEODORE ROOSEVELT The President seeks endorsement for former Civil War officer as a pension agent. Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1907 November 6. To Hon. Henry E. Burnham, U.S.S.
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The President seeks endorsement for former Civil War officer as a pension agent.
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as President, 1p, 7x8¾. The White House, Washington, 1907 November 6. To Hon. Henry E. Burnham, U.S.S., Manchester, New Hampshire. In full: "It would seem to me that as Pension Agent it would be well to nominate Osmon Baker Warren, who I suppose is the most prominent Grand Army Man of your State. I understand he is now Deputy Department Commander. I understand that his services in the war and his record in civil life since would make it peculiarly appropriate to give him this position. I trust you can see your way clear to support Mr. Warren." HENRY EBEN BURNHAM served as Republican Senator from New Hampshire from 1901-1913. Issues of the Pension system became political and prominent in the 1888 presidential election. In 1890, the controversial Dependent Pension Act was passed. The act gave a qualified service pension to Civil War veterans who, from any cause, were incapacitated to perform manual labor. Roosevelt dealt with the pension system during his administration. In 1904, an administrative order made age above sixty-two years a pensionable disability under the 1890 act. Congress recognized this principle in acts of 1907 (the year of this letter) and 1912, which graduated payment according to age and length of service. The first Civil War pension for service alone was enacted in 1920. At the beginning of the Spanish-American War, volunteers and state militia were specifically granted the same pensions as regulars. In 1920, a qualified service pension was given to all above sixty-two years of age. Creased, lightly stained at lower right blank margin. Overall, fine condition.
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