Theodore Roosevelt 1918 Typed Letter Signed – “Mr. Wilson has not the slightest intention of using me under any condition.”


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26th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” July 3, 1918, 8.5×11, The Kansas City Star letterhead, to J. H. Snodgrass, in full:

That’s a very interesting letter of yours.  I entirely agree with you.  I think only a small contingent of allied troops would be necessary; I am sure that Mr. Wilson has not the slightest intention of using me under any condition.

Several words and corrections are in TR’s own hand.

In very good condition.

When World War I began in 1914, ex-President Theodore Roosevelt strongly supported the Allies. Unlike President Woodrow Wilson, who wanted to keep the nation out of the war, Roosevelt advocated for a harsher policy against Germany. He especially hated Germany’s campaign of submarine warfare. Roosevelt was a fierce critic of the foreign policy of President Wilson. He called it a failure, highlighting the atrocities committed by the Germans in Belgium and the violations of American rights.

When the U.S. finally entered the war in 1917, the fifty-eight year old Roosevelt wanted to raise a volunteer infantry division, but Wilson refused to permit this.

Just 11 days after this letter, Quentin Roosevelt, son of Theodore Roosevelt and his second wife Edith, was shot down by German planes during aerial combat over France on July 14, 1918, northeast of Paris between Château-Thierry and Reims.