• Rough Rider, 26th President, Kansas City Star Columnist Theodore Roosevelt Responds To Well Wisher

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    THEODORE ROOSEVELT, JR. (October 27, 1858-January 6, 1919) was a conservationist, naturalist, historian and the 26th president of the United States, serving from 1901-1909.  He previously served as the 33rd governor of New York from 1899 to 1900 and the 25th vice president of the United States from March to September 1901.  Roosevelt became a driving force for anti-trust and Progressive policies. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley but resigned to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War.

    Offering a one-page, 8 ½ x 11 on The Kansas City Star letterhead, August 16, 1918, to Mrs. Harold E. Gillingham of Holicong House, Holicong, Bucks County, PA, to “My dear Mrs. Gillingham. In full, “That’s most kind of you. I thank you for letting me see a copy of your daughter’s letter. Faithfully yours, Theodore Roosevelt”

    Roosevelt remained active in politics and was concerned about America’s slow preparation for entering World War I. He was a close friend of Star founder William Rockhill Nelson and was convinced to share his thoughts in a series of regular columns that the newspaper sent out over the wires. He typed his first column in the Star’s newsroom during a September 1917 visit to Kansas City. In a press release, the newspaper crowed: “The Star would be guilty of false modesty if it did not frankly confess its happiness in the acquisition of Colonel Roosevelt to its organization in the capacity of a regular contributor.” Roosevelt dictated his final column to The Star on Friday, January 3, 1919, and died the following Monday.

    Even toning, light soiling, folds, small tears reinforced with archival tape, insignificant chip at lower left corner. Collector’s magazine prints of Roosevelt’s image, attached to another sheet, included.

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