26th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, June 28, 1902, White House, Washington stationery to “Mrs. Julia Dent Grant” [former First Lady – widow of U.S. Grant] at the Windsor Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in full:
Your letter pleases and touches me, and I thank you for it.
In very good condition, with overall creasing, several vertical folds, and old tape to the top edge.
Julia Grant died later in the same year as this letter. In 1901, one of her granddaughters married a cousin of President Theodore Roosevelt. Through her son Fred, who served on the New York City Police Commissioners board with Theodore Roosevelt, the former First Lady first met the future President in New York. She would later dine with Roosevelt in Washington, following his being made Assistant Navy Secretary in 1897, and then Vice President in 1901.
President Theodore Roosevelt attended the Washington, D.C. funeral services of Julia Grant at the Metropolitan Methodist Church, a notable milestone in First Lady history. Although incumbent President Zachary Taylor had been in attendance at the 1849 funeral of former First Lady Dolley Madison, his presence and eulogy to her was only anecdotally noted; he was one of numerous public officials who appeared at service in St. John’s Church, a brief walk across the street from the White House. In contrast, President Roosevelt’s effort to appear at Julia Grant’s funeral made national headlines. It was as much a tribute to the memory of the venerated General Grant as it was to his wife.