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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/19/1896 - HFSID 57248

THEODORE ROOSEVELT Theodore Roosevelt sends a typed letter as Police Commissioner asking if a day in on a Harvard Overseer's day and if it is he can come. Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Police Commissioner, 1p, 7¾x10½ attached to 8¼x11½ piece of paper.

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Condition: lightly soiled, otherwise fine condition
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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Theodore Roosevelt sends a typed letter as Police Commissioner asking if a day in on a Harvard Overseer's day and if it is he can come.
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Police Commissioner, 1p, 7¾x10½ attached to 8¼x11½ piece of paper. Police Department of the City of New York, 300 Mulberry Street, New York, 1896 November 19. To Barrett Wendell, Esq., 358 Marlboro Street, Boston, Massachusetts. In full: "Instead of answering formally I write to know if that is by any chance on a Harvard Overseer's day. If so, I will come, but otherwise, I cannot. Faithfully yours,". On May 6, 1895 Theodore Roosevelt, who had formerly served for six years on the U.S. Civil Service Commission, was invited to become a Commissioner over the New York City police force by reform Mayor William Strong. In The Works of Theodore Roosevelt, National Edition, Police Commissioner Roosevelt wrote in September 1895, in part: "Personally, I think I can best serve the Republican party by taking the police force absolutely out of politics. Our duty is to preserve order, to protect life and property, to arrest criminals, and to secure honest elections". Roosevelt began by ousting the corrupt Chief of Police, who claimed that he had made his $300,000 fortune by speculating in the stock market. He also captured the attention of the city's citizens and the press with his nocturnal walks through the city in a black cape, searching for policemen neglecting their duties. Roosevelt's popularity diminished somewhat, when he insisted on enforcing the city's "blue laws", which closed saloons on Sunday. On April 19, 1897, Roosevelt was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley. Lightly soiled at lower right margin, vertical fold touches the second "T" in Theodore, else fine condition.

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