May 19, 1905

Theodore Roosevelt Inscribes Photo of His 1905 Inaugural With His Keystone “Square Deal” Credo

Signed Photograph
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Here Theodore Roosevelt, on this historic photo of him delivering his 1905 Inaugural Address, inscribes the bottom margin with these famous lines, more or less quoting from a speech he gave many times: “In a Republic such as ours the only safety is to stand neither for nor against any man because he is rich or because he is poor... We must treat each man only on his worth as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal.” This keystone sentiment, of course, was Roosevelt’s signature domestic credo.
Signed Photograph, as President, black and white, folio, no place, May 19, 1905; depicting him delivering 1905 Inaugural Address. In the bottom margin Roosevelt has inscribed these famous lines, more or less quoting from a speech he gave many times: “In a Republic such as ours the only safety is to stand neither for nor against any man because he is rich or because he is poor... We must treat each man only on his worth as a man. We must see that each is given a square deal.”

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