RUSSELL A. ALGER - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 49325
Sale Price $144.00
RUSSELL A. ALGER
Alger signs as Secretary of War in black ink
Signature: "R A Alger/Secy of War", 4¼x2½ card. 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). Lightly toned, esp. on bottom margin. Corners slightly worn and creased. Adhesive residue on verso. Slightly soiled by ink across signature, does not affect legibility. Small ink stain on top margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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