Roosevelt, Edith K.

1908 ALS while First Lady thanking a prominent Louisiana GOP businessman and his wife for their hospitality

Price: $275.00

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(1861-1948) 2nd wife of Theodore Roosevelt (m. 1886), First Lady 1901-09. She grew up next door to Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt in New York and was best friends with his younger sister Corinne. She was T.R.'s 1st real playmate outside his immediate family, often his companion for summer outings at Oyster Bay. Although she attended his wedding to Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880, their lives ran separately until 1885. As First Lady, she remodeled the White House at a cost of $475,000 into what the president described as "a simple and dignified dwelling for the head of a republic." During his administration, the White House was unmistakably the social center of the land. After her husband's 1919 death, she traveled abroad but always returned to Sagamore Hill as her home. She came out of retirement in 1932 and gave a seconding speech on behalf of Herbert Hoover in his bid for re-election against her nephew-in-law, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. ALS as First Lady on grey, silver imprinted "The White House /Washington" letterhead, April 7 (1908), 2pps (4th & 1st pages facing), to Mrs. F. B. Williams, Patterson, Louisiana. Mrs. Roosevelt tells Mrs. Williams that "so many people write asking me to tell my husband disagreeable things", but she writes to ask her to thank Mr. Williams "for all that he did for us while we were in your beautiful city." She only hopes that it might have been possible to see more of them and looks forward to meeting them in Washington. With 1908 postmarked White House envelope addressed by Mrs. Roosevelt to Mrs. Williams. Also with 10 x 8 b&w matte finish portrait photo of Mrs. Roosevelt in left profile at her desk; great for matting and framing! Library of Congress photograph FRANK B. WILLIAMS (1849-1929) "The Cypress King", ran a family empire initially based upon cypress tree planting and harvesting for lumber used to build railroad ties and trestles. Williams steadily expanded his land holdings and mills until he owned more than 86,000 acres and 4 huge sawmills, one at Patterson, La. (home to the largest cypress sawmill in the world). He was a prominent Republican, having served in the Louisiana Senate 1896-1900, as chairman of the Republican State Central Committee, and as a member of the GOP National Committee.

Condition: Very good, 2 mail folds, envelope has had stamp torn off top right corner.
Type:Letter






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