ROOSEVELT, THEODORE - A Magnificent Signed Photograph
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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE - A Magnificent Signed Photograph

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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919). Twenty-sixth president of the United States. SP. (“Theodore Roosevelt”). 1p. Folio. N.p., February 6, 1915. Inscribed “with the high regard of Theodore Roosevelt,” to American businessman and future lieutenant governor of Kentucky SAMUEL THRUSTON BALLARD (1855-1926). A magnificent, richly toned black-and-white Harris & Ewing photograph of a stern looking Roosevelt in a jacket, waistcoat and tie and wearing his characteristic pince-nez.


Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure simultaneously representing reform, conservation and the American spirit. He overcame health problems in his youth to serve in New York politics, and famously led his Rough Rider regiment in the Spanish-American War. After accelerating through the offices of governor, assistant secretary of the navy and vice president, he became, in 1901, the youngest man ever to serve as president of the United States. During his two terms, he opposed big labor while expanding the power of the presidency, developing consumer protection laws, creating national forests and winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the Russo-Japanese War.


The end of Roosevelt’s second presidential term in 1909 was by no means the end of Roosevelt’s political career. He continued to play an active role as an unofficial ambassador, lecturer and author of books and articles, which appeared in theMetropolitan Magazine, The Saturday Evening Post, The Kansas City Star,and Outlook. He maintained a hectic schedule and continued to play a leading role in political affairs throughout his life.


Ballard was a co-founder of Ballard & Ballard, at one time the largest flour manufacturers in the United States. He transcended the world of business, becoming a proponent of labor and child welfare reforms and, in 1913, was appointed by President Wilson a member of the National Industrial Commission, a body formed by President McKinley in 1898 to investigate railroad pricing and monopolies and which advised Roosevelt in his trust-busting activities. Ballard, during World War I, joined the Council of National Defense. In 1917, Herbert Hoover appointed him National Food Administrator, and he was elected lieutenant governor of Kentucky in 1919. Ballard was also an enthusiastic Egyptologist and one of the first Americans to own an Egyptian mummy which he put on display at the Louisville Free Public Library and which is now on view at the Louisville Science Center.


Harris & Ewing was a photographic agency which provided “excellent coverage of Washington people, events, and architecture, during the period 1905-1945,” (Library of Congress Prints and Photographic Division).


Bearing a silvered Harris & Ewing’s blind embossed stamp in the lower left corner of the photograph. Inscribed and dated on the lower photographer’s mount. Elegantly matted and framed and in excellent condition, though unexamined out of the frame.


Item #20508

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