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Lot 117: Edith Roosevelt Free Frank on a Postcard Sending Her Thanks
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: ROOSEVELT, EDITH K. (1861-1948). First lady and second wife of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. Third person ANS. (“Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt”). On a postcard bearing her Free Frank (“Free Edith K. Roosevelt”). 1p. Brooklyn, Connecticut, August 10, 1940. On her Mortlake stationery. To Reverend and Mrs. H. K. Robinson of Simsbury, Connecticut. ********** “Many thanks for kind remembrance and good wishes…”********** Friends since childhood, Theodore and Edith were married in 1886, a year after the death of TR’s first wife. Edith served as First Lady during her husband’s two terms as president, from 1901 to 1909, and was known as a dignified hostess. She threw her support behind Herbert Hoover in the presidential race against her husband’s nephew, Franklin D. Roosevelt, because she disapproved of Eleanor, TR’s niece. ********** Following the death of her husband, during the 1920s and 1930s, the former first lady operated Mortlake House, a family property which she converted to a country inn in Connecticut. Her primary residence, however, until the end of her life remained Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, Long Island. Edith is likely responding to wishes sent for her birthday on August 6. ********** In very fine condition.