Bonaparte, Charles J.

1912 TLS from the former Navy Secretary & Attorney General while Baltimore lawyer

Price: $60.00

Description:
(1851-1921) American lawyer, Theodore Roosevelt’s Secretary of the Navy and Attorney General. While Attorney General, he created the Bureau of Investigation (now the FBI) in 1908. He was a grandson of Jérôme Bonaparte, youngest brother of Emperor Napoleon I. He practiced law in Baltimore and became prominent in municipal and national reform movements. He was a member of the Board of Indian Commissioners 1902- 04, chairman of the National Civil Service Reform League in 1904 and appointed a trustee of The Catholic University of America. In 1905, TR appointed him Secretary of the Navy. In 1906 Bonaparte moved to the Justice Department, where he remained to the end of Roosevelt's term. He was active in suits brought against the trusts and was largely responsible for breaking up the tobacco monopoly. TLS on his 11 x 8 1/2 Baltimore law firm letterhead, March 11 1912, to Miss May Mellus. Bonaparte supposes the archives of the Auxiliary (of the Civil Service Reform Association of Maryland) have been left in Miss Mellus' care and requests the list of members be sent to his office or to the Secretary of the Association so that envelopes can be addressed to members with notices of the Association's annual meeting on March 25. Bonaparte says they hope to have speakers from Philadelphia and Washington and desire a good attendance especially of new members of the Auxiliary. Note at bottom in unknown hand states that a card catalogue was sent to Bonaparte's office March 13 with a note to him.

Condition: Good, 3 folds, 2 file holes at top, slight smearing to signature, light overall toning
Type:Letter






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