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As Governor of Michigan, he humbly receives his honor from the Northwestern Literary and Historical Society
Autograph Letter signed: "R. A. Alger", 1 page. 8x10. Detroit, Michigan, April 10, 1886. On official letterhead of the Michigan Executive Office to Mr. B.W. Austin, Sioux City, Iowa. In full: "My dear sir: Your esteemed favor of 5th notifying me that the honor had been conferred upon me by the Northwestern Literary and Historical Society by electing me an honorary member has been rec'd. Please accept my sincere thanks for the courtesy as also for the very flattering compliments paid to me personally, which I fear are underserved, and believe me. Sincerely yours". Russell Alexander Alger (1836-1907) served as Secretary of War from March 5, 1897 until August 1, 1899, during McKinley's first term. He resigned over criticism of his management of the War Department. Despite having been Governor of Michigan (1885-1887), Alger lacked the decisiveness required during the Spanish-American War, McKinley making decisions independent of his War Secretary, and "Algerism" became a synonym for incompetence. Alger defended his record by writing The Spanish American War (1901). He served in the U.S. Senate (1902-1907). Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned and creased. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 27, 1836 in Medina County, Ohio
Died: January 24, 1907 in Washington, District of Columbia

Film Credits
1898 President McKinley's Inspection of Camp Wikoff (in person), 1898 General Wheeler and Secretary of War Alger at Camp Wikoff (in person)

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