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"The people wanted a change, and they got it" - Benj. Harrison / But the change was made in 1889, and we are still suffering from it - Puck

Description:

On the left, Grover Cleveland tips his hat as he leaves office in 1889, after passing the key to a large safe labeled "U.S. Treasury" with a "Surplus $100,000,000 Dollars" to incoming president Benjamin Harrison. On the right, President Cleveland, returning to the presidency in 1893, gestures toward the safe as Benjamin Harrison departs. The door to the safe is broken off its hinges and labeled "Looted," and the safe is now empty. Harrison tips his hat on his way out.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Safes; Debts, Public; Presidents--Transition periods; Robbery; Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901

Date: 1893-08-23

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Henry H. Boyce

Description:

President Roosevelt thanks Henry H. Boyce for the letter. The daily paper will report that Roosevelt will retain William McKinley's policies and Cabinet.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Assassination; Presidents--Succession; Presidents--Transition periods; Presidents--Staff--Selection and appointment; McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1901-09-14

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Ransom Miller

Description:

During his first week in office, President Roosevelt writes to Charles Ransom Miller, editor of The New York Times, to see if he or Henry Lowenthal might be able to come by the White House to discuss policy. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Transition periods; Political planning--Government policy; Newspaper editors; White House (Washington, D.C.)

Date: 1901-09-16

Letter from William J. Youngs to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

William J. Youngs expresses his support for President Roosevelt as he succeeds to the presidency, praying for his well-being and for guidance.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Succession; Presidents--Transition periods

Date: 1901-09-17

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Frances Theodora Smith Parsons

Description:

During his first week in office after the death of William McKinley, President Roosevelt writes to his friend Frances "Fannie" Theodora Parsons saying that he needs no reassurance that she and her husband Jim, James Russell Parsons, Jr., are steadfast and loving friends who support him. Roosevelt invites the Parsons to the White House. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Friendship; Trust; Presidents--Correspondence; Presidents--Transition periods; White House (Washington, D.C.); Parsons, James Russell, 1861-1905

Date: 1901-09-17

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to C. Grant La Farge

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes to his friend C. Grant La Farge saying he will not likely make it to New York. Roosevelt asks if La Farge and his wife Florence Bayard Lockwood La Farge might come to Washington to stay at the White House instead. Though not noted in the letter, Roosevelt had just taken office the week before. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Scheduling; Vacations; Presidents--Transition periods; Washington (D.C.); White House (Washington, D.C.); La Farge, Florence Bayard Lockwood, 1864-1944

Date: 1901-09-20

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Robert Todd Lincoln

Description:

A week after entering office after the death of William McKinley, President Theodore Roosevelt writes to Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, thanking him for a recent letter. Roosevelt has many things to talk with Lincoln about and hopes to see him soon. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Presidents--Transition periods; Presidents--Correspondence

Date: 1901-09-20

Letter from Charles Scribner to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

President Roosevelt's article in the October issue of Scribner's Magazine was well received so they are moving forward with the publication of the rest of the articles that Roosevelt wrote before succeeding to the presidency. Charles Scribner appreciates the distinction of publishing articles from a president.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Press and politics; Journalistic ethics; Presidents--Transition periods; Charles Scribner's Sons

Date: 1901-10-04

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Anna Roosevelt Cowles

Description:

President Roosevelt is pleased with the results of the convention and with how Henry Cabot Lodge performed; however, he is already looking forward to his trip to Africa once he leaves office. Consistent with his approach to life in general, Roosevelt does not want to simply go along for the ride. Rather, he wants it to be a scientific trip. His sons are back in Washington, and Theodore Roosevelt Jr. is happy to be out of school and working.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Republican National Convention; Presidents--Attitudes; Presidents--Transition periods; Presidents--Travel; Safaris; Taxidermy; Children of presidents; Africa; Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Platt, Harry

Date: 1908-06-22

Letter from Kermit Roosevelt to Robert Harry Munro Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson

Description:

Kermit Roosevelt makes arrangements for his upcoming visit to see Robert Harry Munro Ferguson and Isabella Ferguson. President Roosevelt and Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt will be coming back to Oyster Bay, New York, from Washington, D.C., soon. Roosevelt has been working hard at school and is attempting to join the track team.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Travel--Planning; Presidents--Transition periods; Games; Universities and colleges--Examinations; Track and field; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Washington (D.C.); Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Breasted, Martha Ferguson, 1906-1995; Ferguson, Robert Munro, 1908-1984

Date: 1909-01-10?

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