THEODORE ROOSEVELT TO HENRY CABOT LODGE
RECOMMENDING NOTED NAVAL ARTIST HENRY REUTERDAHL FOR A COMMISSION
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. (1858-1919). Twenty-sixth President of the United States (1901-1909). Choice Typed Letter Signed, “Theodore Roosevelt”, on his name-imprinted Metropolitan letterhead. One page, quarto. “432 Fourth Avenue, New York”, May 15, 1917. Very fine condition. To “Hon. H[enry] C[abot] Lodge, U.S. Senate, Washington, D.C.” Lodge a noted statesman, helped guide and mold T.R’s public service, and their close friendship began as early as 1884 and lasted their entire lifetimes. Roosevelt writes:
“Dear Cabot: Henry Reuterdahl is now working under Commander K.M. Bennett of the Naval Publicity Bureau. The Commander has recommended him for a temporary commission, as he must have some authority and some means of livelihood. Will you see Mr. Reuterdahl, who is one of the very best citizens, and one of the most devoted naval adherents we have, and find out if there is any way you can help him? Faithfully yours, Theodore Roosevelt”.
Henry Reuterdahl (1870-1925) Swedish-American painter highly acclaimed for his nautical artwork; he had a long relationship with the United States Navy, serving as a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Naval Reserve Force; he was selected by President Theodore Roosevelt to accompany the Great White Fleet’s voyage in 1907, to document the journey.
This ‘commission’ was probably for a ranked position / appointment in the Navy, as well as being a ‘commission’ for the creation of art work for recruiting purposes in the Navy during WWI. [See example, illustrating the type of poster he is best known for — added to this listing – not included].