PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/24/1898 - HFSID 31106
Sale Price $1,020.00
Future President Roosevelt writes a letter of thank you to an admirer about the way he has been remembered.
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", 1p, 7¾x10¼. Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, 1898 December 24. To Miss Klunder, Chicago, Ill. Begins: "My Dear Miss Klunder". In full: "I thank you very much indeed. I have always been touched by the way you have your father remembered me, and now I think it extremely kind of you to remember me in so pleasant a way. Mrs. Roosevelt sends her warm regards, and so do I. Very sincerely yours,"Two words corrected in TR's hand. Roosevelt had moved into Sagamore Hill, his home in Oyster Bay, in 1885. He had originally planned the home with his wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. They intended to name it "Leeholm" in honor of her family, but Alice had died in 1884, leaving the future President a widower with a young daughter. On December 2, 1886, he married Edith Kermit Carow in London. The Roosevelt's home was christened Sagamore Hill in honor of Sagamore Mohannis, an Indian chief who had used the hill as a meeting place. 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 (1858-1919)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. Dissatisfied with the record of his hand-picked successor, William Howard Taft, Roosevelt sought the Presidency again in 1912 on the ticket of the Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party, losing to Democrat Woodrow Wilson but polling more votes than Republican nominee Taft. Lightly creased. Vertical crease through "T" of Theodore. Holes at folds. Nicked at upper blank edge. Overall, fine condition.
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