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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) to Henry B. Adams

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05792 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 November 1882 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "I am quite in sympathy with democratic principles; it is democratic practice that I object to... Jefferson has always been my pet aversion; to me he seems merely an intriguing doctrinaire, mighty in word and weak in action, revengeful but timid, of enormously overrated abilities, and standing about on a par with Jefferson Davis -- minus the latter's boldness."

People: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.

Historical Era: Rise of Industrial America, 1877-1900

Keywords/Subjects: President, Presidents Discussing Presidents, Democratic Party, Politics, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Civil War, Vice President

Sub Era: The Gilded Age