September 27, 1907

Theodore Roosevelt Writes, "Bully for You"

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Theodore Roosevelt, who left his mark on so many facets of American life, also changed its language: his use of the adjective “bully” as an exclamation of commendation is the most singular example of his linguistic influence. Like Harding’s “normalcy” and Kennedy’s “vigor," the phrase with which Roosevelt begins this letter, “Bully for you” will forever be emblematic of his presidency.

Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, D.C., September 27, 1907. To Benjamin Ide Wheeler, President, University of California, Berkeley.
 

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Transcript

The White House
Washington

September 27, 1907.


Dear President Wheeler:
 
Bully for you. I wish we had you as Senator from a good many different states! I guess there is nothing for me to bother myself any more about in this particular matter.

Sincerely yours,

THEODORE ROOSEVELT

President Benjamin Ide Wheeler,
University of California,
Berkeley, California.