TR Writes to His Son
Theodore Roosevelt, Sr.
(1858-1919), to Theodore
Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944)
Autograph letter, July 11, 1890
Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1858-1919),
to Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944)
Autograph letter, ca. 1890s
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Gift of the heirs of
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., 1958-1965 (52.1)
Though the huggable "Teddy bear" was named after him, Theodore
Roosevelt (1858-1919), who served as the president of the United
States 1901 and 1909, strove for a life that embodied his ideal
of assertive masculinity. He was at various times an outdoor sportsman,
explorer, western rancher, and soldier, as well as an aggressive
political leader and writer on history and public affairs.
While the American people had ample opportunity to observe Roosevelt's
public side, he kept his personal relationships extremely private.
These letters reproduced here show an aspect of Roosevelt's life
seldom seen by the public.
Roosevelt established a residence in the nation's capital during
his six years with the U.S. Civil Service Commission. But his family
also spent time at Sagamore Hill, their Long Island residence, during
Washington, D.C.'s sweltering summers in the era before air-conditioning.
Bound by duties in Washington, D.C., Roosevelt sent these letters
to his young son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., who could not yet read
but would understand the pictures.