Theodore Roosevelt 1895 Typed Letter Signed – Police Department of NYC – “You and I are Americans”


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26th President. Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” as President of the New York City Board of Police Commissioners, attractive Police Department of the City of New York stationery, January 9, 1895, 8×10, to Colonel Archibald Hopkins on the Court of Claims in Washington, D.C.,  in full:

I am delighted you liked what I wrote.  I think your letter admirable; I re-enclose it.  You and I are Americans, at any rate.

In very good condition, scattered toning, 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.