Auction Name: 2021 November 6 Historical Manuscripts Signature® Auction
Lot Number: 47134
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/6243-47134
Theodore Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed. One, 5.25" x 8", no place; no date. A letter to the Attorney General in pencil requesting Roosevelt be sent commissions for a recess appointment. It reads in full: "Atty Genl Please send me over commission for recess appointment of the Marshal of Colorado." Signed, "T. Roosevelt."
Teddy Roosevelt utilized the recess appointment power frequently during his presidency. On December 7, 1903, he issued 193 recess appointments during a Senate recess that lasted less than a minute. Roosevelt termed it a "constructive recess," and it was over so quickly that most senators in the chamber did not realize there had even been one.