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Two obstacles that must be removed before Uncle Sam can drive on

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President McKinley stands on the roadside near a large rock labeled "Unsettled Tariff Question." Vice President Hobart and members of McKinley's cabinet attempt to clear the roadway by removing another large rock labeled "Unsound Financial System." Waiting behind them on the road "To Prosperity" is Uncle Sam sitting on a large wagon filled with "U.S. Commercial Interests."

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Uncle Sam (Symbolic character); Economic policy; Tariff; Shipping; Commerce; Carriages and carts; Rocks; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Long, John Davis, 1838-1915; Bliss, Cornelius Newton, 1833-1911; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Reed, Thomas B. (Thomas Brackett), 1839-1902; Hobart, Garret A. (Garret Augustus), 1844-1899; McKenna, J. (Joseph), 1843-1926; Wilson, James, 1835-1920; Alger, R. A. (Russell Alexander), 1836-1907; Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927

Date: 1897-03-31

Unconditional surrender

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President McKinley capitulates to special interests and political patronage by offering his sword labeled "Patronage" to Marcus A. Hanna, Thomas C. Platt, and Matthew S. Quay. The dejected members of McKinley's cabinet, labeled "Alger, Sherman, Bliss, Gage, Long, Wilson, McKenna, [and] Gary," are standing in the background.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cabinet officers; Swords; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Hanna, Marcus Alonzo, 1837-1904; Quay, Matthew Stanley, 1833-1904; Alger, R. A. (Russell Alexander), 1836-1907; Sherman, John, 1823-1900; Bliss, Cornelius Newton, 1833-1911; Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927; Long, John Davis, 1838-1915; Wilson, James, 1835-1920; McKenna, J. (Joseph), 1843-1926; Gary, James Albert, 1833-1920

Date: 1897-07-11

Theodore Roosevelt's cabinet and funeral of William McKinley

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Photograph of President Roosevelt with black ink portraits of his eight Cabinet members. On the second page are five black and white photographs of William McKinley's casket traveling from the Milburn residence to the city hall of Buffalo, New York.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cabinet officers; Presidents--Succession; Presidents--Death; Death and burial of a person; New York (State)--Buffalo; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927; Hay, John, 1838-1905; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Smith, Charles Emory, 1842-1908; Hitchcock, Ethan Allen, 1835-1909; Wilson, James, 1835-1920; Long, John Davis, 1838-1915; Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921

Date: 1901

Telegram from Gifford Pinchot to Theodore Roosevelt

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Gifford Pinchot asks Vice President Roosevelt to serve with himself and Secretary Wilson on the committee to draft resolutions for the Society of American Foresters on the death of Benjamin Harrison.

Resource Type: Telegram

Subject: Committees; Death and burial of a person; Presidents--Death; Resolutions, Legislative--U.S. states; Society of American Foresters; Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Wilson, James, 1835-1920

Date: 1901-04-04

Letter from Seth Low to Theodore Roosevelt

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Seth Low writes to encourage President Roosevelt in the wake of William McKinley's death. Low hopes Roosevelt will keep the current Cabinet, especially Secretary of State Hay, Secretary of the Treasury Gage, Secretary of the Navy Long, Secretary of War Root, and Secretary of Agriculture Wilson. Low praises Roosevelt's service as Governor of New York and wishes him the same success as President. Low reminds Roosevelt that he is likely to be judged more by those he appoints than by what actions he takes and that good appointments result in good government and good administration. Low expresses his pleasure that people are now saying that McKinley will be remembered as one of the nation's great presidents.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Grief; Assassination; Cabinet officers; Employee selection; Prayer; New York (State); Washington (D.C.); New York (State)--Buffalo; United States. Office of the Vice President; United States. President; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Hay, John, 1838-1905; Gage, Lyman J. (Lyman Judson), 1836-1927; Long, John Davis, 1838-1915; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Wilson, James, 1835-1920

Date: 1901-09-15

Letter from Herman Henry Kohlsaat to Theodore Roosevelt

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Herman Henry Kohlsaat requests a general letter of introduction for Thomas Barbour Lathrop, who is traveling to the South Seas. Kohlsaat provides the details of Lathrop's trip and reviews the benefits that Lathrop's travels had on American agriculture.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Etiquette; Voyages and travels; Agriculture and state--Research; Lathrop, Thomas Barbour, 1847-1927; Wilson, James, 1835-1920; Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915

Date: 1901-10-23

Letter from Willam Allen White to Theodore Roosevelt

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William Allen White is glad President Roosevelt liked the endorsements of Cyrus Leland. He defends accusations made against Leland by Secretary Wilson and asks Roosevelt to meet with Leland in person before making any adverse decisions against his appointment.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Bribery; Political corruption; Kansas; Leland, Cyrus, 1841-1917; Wilson, James, 1835-1920

Date: 1901-10-30

Letter from Nicholas Murray Butler to Theodore Roosevelt

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Nicholas Murray Butler has received information and an opinion regarding Cyrus Leland. He has arranged that President Roosevelt hear this opinion when he travels to The Century next Monday. Butler recommends Roosevelt look into the record of Mr. Peters, a former representative from Kansas, regarding the situation surrounding Leland.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Patronage, Political; United States. Pension Bureau; Leland, Cyrus, 1841-1917; Wilson, James, 1835-1920

Date: 1901-11-01

Letter from Thomas H. Tongue to Theodore Roosevelt

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Representative Tongue is hopeful that the rumor of Secretary Wilson resigning from his Cabinet post is false. Wilson is highly regarded in Western states and Tongue cautions that the general elections in Oregon could be affected by a change in the Department of Agriculture.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Cabinet officers--Resignation; Agriculture and politics; Elections; United States, West; Oregon; United States. Department of Agriculture; Wilson, James, 1835-1920

Date: 1902-03-12

Next!

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Cartoon shows a barber's chair labeled "Resignation Chair" from which Secretary John Davis Long is leaving. Awaiting their turns are the Secretaries of Agriculture and Interior.

Resource Type: Cartoon

Subject: Cabinet officers--Resignation; Cabinet officers--Selection and appointment; United States. Navy; United States. Department of Agriculture; United States. Department of the Interior; Long, John Davis, 1838-1915; Wilson, James, 1835-1920; Hitchcock, Ethan Allen, 1835-1909

Date: 1902-03-15

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