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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/23/1898 - HFSID 81289

THEODORE ROOSEVELT Governor-elect decides to make Civil Service reform an issue in his inaugural address. Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Governor-elect, 1p, 8½x6. Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1898 December 23. To Colonel Silas W. Burt, New York City.

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THEODORE ROOSEVELT
Governor-elect decides to make Civil Service reform an issue in his inaugural address.
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt" as Governor-elect, 1p, 8½x6. Oyster Bay, N.Y., 1898 December 23. To Colonel Silas W. Burt, New York City. In full: "I have about made up my mind that I would put the matter in my inaugural after all. I think it better to make the issue at the beginning." Docketed on verso, probably by Burt: "Governor Roosevelt/Dec 23 1898/Relative to reference to/Civil Service matters in/his inaugural address". Theodore Roosevelt had served as U.S. Civil Service Commissioner from 1889-1895. During this time, he vigorously pressed for the strict enforcement of the Civil Service laws. As Governor of New York (1899-1900), Roosevelt successfully proposed laws that further removed Civil Service from politics. The New York World said of Roosevelt, "An honest and fearless governor - a combination of conscience and backbone - is a mighty good thing to have at Albany!" Folds do not touch signature. Lightly soiled and creased. Light show through from docket on verso touches some text.

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