Lot 20: Rare Theodore Roosevelt as NY Police Commissioner and problems with the Republican Platt Machine.
Rare Early Letter On Police Department New York Stationary dated September 30, 1895. before Roosevelt’s real rise to fame as a Rough Rider. Letter is also framed wit an original signed engraving. The Letters content is quite interesting. Written to a Curtis Guild, Jr. Esq. 282 Washington StreetBoston Mass. In Part: "Dear Curtis- I am to stay with Frank Lowell, otherwise I would most gladly stay with you,. . . but it will be only for dinner. I would give anything if I had a few republicans like you in this city. . . . The Platt Machine people here are openly hostile to me and my work Faithfully Yours. Theodore Roosevelt"Thomas Collier Platt (July 15, 1833 – March 6, 1910) was a two-term member of the U. S. House of Representatives (1873–1877) and a three-term U. S. Senator from New York in the years 1881, 1897 to 1909—is best known as the "political boss" of the Republican Party in New York State in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Upon his death, the New York Times stated that "no man ever exercised less influence in the Senate or the House of Representatives than he," but "no man ever exercised more power as a political leader. "He considered himself the "political godfather" of many Republican governors of the state, including Theodore Roosevelt. Years later, Platt reluctantly supported Theodore Roosevelt's candidacy for Governor of New York in 1898, in the immediate aftermath of Roosevelt's fame leading the Rough-Riders in the Spanish–American War earlier that yearPlatt played a key role in the creation of the City of Greater New York, which incorporated together the boroughs of New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island) and Bronx counties. Both letter and engraving framed and matted.
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