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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) to Bishop Walker T. Sumner

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.219 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 2 October 1914 Pagination: 2 p. 24.1 x 19.7 cm

Summary of Content: Roosevelt congratulates Sumner on being elevated to Bishop. He comments that bishops tend to grow "mentally inert" and apart from ordinary people (which he also sees as a tendency among successful professionals and businessmen), and is glad to group Sumner in with the exceptions.

People: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: ReligionPresidentVice President

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform

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