Theodore Roosevelt 1903 Typed Letter Signed as President


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26th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, July 2, 1903, White House, Washington stationery but sent from his home in Oyster Bay, NY, to William Cary Sanger as Assistant Secretary of War, in full:

When would you want to leave?  Oliver has written to me and wants to know when he would have to take hold as it may make some difference as to his being able to accept.  I am very glad you approve of him so entirely.

In very good condition, folds.

“Oliver” refers to Robert Shaw Oliver, who would replace Sanger as Assistant Secretary of War and hold the position for 10 years.

On July 1, 1903, Oliver Shaw wrote to President Roosevelt:  “I feel greatly honored by your letter of June 29th.  Nothing would give me greater pleasure than to accept office in your administration; but before I can give a definite answer I must ask for a short time to consider condition.”

According to the New York Times of July 14, 1903, the headline read “Gen. Oliver To Be Root’s Assistant” while the article mentioned “Assistant Secretary’s Resignation Surprises Washington, and is Said to be Due to His Wife’s Ill-Health.”

William Cary Sanger, Sr. (May 21, 1853 – December 6, 1921) was the United States Assistant Secretary of War from 1901 to 1903.  He was born on May 21, 1853 in Brooklyn, New York City to Henry Sanger (1823-1888) and Mary E. Requa (1835-1910). He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic and then Harvard College, where he graduated with an A.B. in 1874. He received an LL.B. from Columbia University in 1878. He was a member of the New York State Assembly from 1895 to 1897. He married Mary Ethel Cleveland Dodge (1869-1952).

He was the United States Assistant Secretary of War from 1901 to 1903.  He received an LL.D. from Hamilton College in 1902. He was president of the American delegation to the Geneva Conventions of 1906.  From 1911 to 1913 he served on the New York State Hospital Commission