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Russell A. Alger Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

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