RUSSELL A. ALGER - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 142442
Sale Price $126.00
RUSSELL A. ALGER
Signature from the Secretary of War in black ink
Signature: "R A Alger", 3½x2¾ card. Ink caption (unknown hand) in lower left: "June 1899". Russell A. Alger (1836-1907), an attorney and Civil War hero, served as Secretary of War during McKinley's first term, from March 5, 1897 until August 1, 1899, when 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 made his own strategic decisions without consulting Alger, and "Algerism" became a synonym for incompetence. Despite his failure in McKinley's Cabinet, Alger went on to publish a book, The Spanish American War (1901) and served in the U.S. Senate (1902-1907). Heavily toned. Slightly soiled. Corners slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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