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1897 Theodore Roosevelt Signed Letter as NYC Police Commissioner
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,276.00
This 1897 Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) inscribed and signed letter dates from the time of his service as Police Commissioner of New York City. On official NYC Police Department letterhead, the partially handwritten, partially typed correspondence reads in full, (typed) "April 13, 1897. Colonel William Cary Sanger Assembly Chamber, Albany, N.Y. My Dear Colonel Sanger: You are very good. I appreciate congratulations from you very much indeed." (handwritten:) "I believe in you & your politics with all my soul!" Beneath a typed salutation ("Faithfully yours,") it is signed, Theodore Roosevelt" in black fountain pen. The inscription and signature are bold and virtually flawless, grading "9/10" on a scale of "1" to "10." Colonel Sanger was a prominent New York State legislator at this time. In 1897 Teddy Roosevelt was serving in his last year as Police Commissioner and would be elected Governor of New York in 1898. In 1900 Roosevelt ascended to the Vice Presidency of the United States and in 1901 became the youngest President ever at age 43, following the assassination of William McKinley. Roosevelt served in the White House until 1908 and remained a popular national political figure until his death in 1919. This is a very interesting letter as it dates to the precipice of Theodore Roosevelt's fame and political career, and demonstrates a very clear interest and connection to the political world he would soon conquer. The letter is miraculously well preserved, the only imperfections being a virtually undetectable two-inch tear at the blank bottom border, and normal mailing folds. It is otherwise in Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $1,276.00
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