June 13, 1906

Theodore Roosevelt: “My Great Hero is Abraham Lincoln”

Typed Letter Signed
2 pages
SMC 1276
Even heroes have heroes and Theodore Roosevelt’s, he says here, was Lincoln:
I am mighty glad you like what I have been doing in the governmental field.  I do not have to tell you that my great hero is Abraham Lincoln, and I have wanted while President to be the representative of the "plain people" in the sense that he was - not, of course, with the genius and power that he was, but according to my lights, along the same lines.
Roosevelt’s regard for the “plain people”, like Lincoln’s for the “common people” of whom he famously said, God must have loved for He made so many of them, came together, fittingly, in Roosevelt’s proposal to put Lincoln’s image on the penny – an act of personal homage.
Typed Letter Signed, as President, 2 pages, quarto, The White House, Washington, June 13, 1906. To W.W. Sewall in Maine
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