October 31, 1912

Taft, Running for President Against His One-Time Mentor, Theodore Roosevelt, Calls him a “Genuine Menace” to the Country

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
SMC 1290
Theodore Roosevelt, shot at less than three weeks before as he campaigned for a third term as a third party candidate, was barely out of the hospital when his hand-picked successor, Taft, wrote this withering assessment of his one-time mentor. Roosevelt, he says here, is “a genuine menace to the welfare of our country.” Even if he is defeated for re-election, Taft declares, he can stand it, having thwarted that third termer’s bid to regain the White House.
Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, October 31, 1912. To Frank D. Jamison in Cincinnati.
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