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Underwood & Underwood "Good government is practically applying the principles which make a man a good citizen" - President Roosevelt

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06449.22 Author/Creator: Underwood & Underwood Place Written: Waterville, Maine Type: Photograph Date: 1902 Pagination: Stereoview. Order a Copy

Roosevelt is shown in profile on the right hand side of the picture in the middle ground. He is leaning forward from a flag-draped podium to address the audience beneath him.


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