Days After William McKinley's Death, Theodore Roosevelt Swears to Do His Best

September 20, 1901

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Days After William McKinley's Death, Theodore Roosevelt Swears to Do His Best
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      McKinley has been murdered, and as Mark Hanna said, “Now look! That damn cowboy is president of the United States.” Here Roosevelt, writing just days after McKinley’s death, asserts what might as well have been his credo: “There is but one thing to do now, and that is not to be morbid, but to undertake the task to the very best of my ability.”


      Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, octavo, Executive Mansion, Washington, September 20, 1901. To the Hon. Francis C. Lowell in Taunton, Massachusetts.
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      EXECUTIVE MANSION,
      WASHINGTON

      September 20, 1901.

      My dear Frank: 
      I thank you for your letter of the 15th.
      There is but one thing to do now, and that is not to be morbid, but to undertake the task to the very best of my ability.

      Always yours,

      Theodore Roosevelt

      Hon. Francis C. Lowell, 
      Taunton, Mass.

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      EXECUTIVE MANSION,
      Theodore Roosevelt
      Sept 20th, 1901.


      Hon. Francis C. Lowell, 
      Taunton, Mass.

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