26th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” as President of the Board of Commissioners of the Police Department of New York City, March 11, 1897, 8×10, uncommon stationery, to Secretary of the Interior Cornelius Bliss, in full:
Cabot Lodge has just written me telling me of the warmth and kindliness with which you spoke of me at the interview he had with you, and I feel I must write you just a line to say how deeply I appreciate it.
One handwritten correction by Roosevelt in the body of the letter.
In very good condition, edge wear at right side, folds.
Roosevelt became president of the board of the New York City Police Commissioners for two years in 1895 and radically reformed the police force. The New York Police Department (NYPD) was reputed as one of the most corrupt in America; the NYPD’s history division records that Roosevelt was “an iron-willed leader of unimpeachable honesty, (who) brought a reforming zeal to the New York City Police Commission in 1895.” Roosevelt implemented regular inspections of firearms and annual physical exams; he appointed 1,600 recruits based on their physical and mental qualifications, regardless of political affiliation, established Meritorious Service Medals and closed corrupt police hostelries. During his tenure, a Municipal Lodging House was established by the Board of Charities, and Roosevelt required officers to register with the Board; he also had telephones installed in station houses.