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    Theodore Roosevelt Photo Signed and Dated 1912. An elegant formal seated portrait of our 26th president with the blind copyright stamp of the venerable New York photo studio Pach Brothers, 9.5" x 13.25" image size, mounted to a 14" x 17" board. Roosevelt is dressed in a three-piece tweed suit and is seated with leg crossed in an elaborately carved armchair. He has signed in the lower border: "Faithfully yours/ Theodore Roosevelt/ Feb 12th 1912". This is one of six portraits the Pach Brothers made of him. This photo is in very fine condition save for some light "silvering" in the darkest areas that is only noticeable when the photo is turned to certain angles--mentioned for strictest accuracy. The outside edges of the mount exhibit some toning and light staining, all of which would easily mat out.

    The date of this photo makes it particularly interesting. Not only was it signed on Abraham Lincoln's birthday, but also this was the month that TR made the famous announcement of his presidential candidacy by declaring "My hat is in the ring." After winning the vast majority of the Republican primaries, Roosevelt felt that the party's nomination was being "stolen" from him and his progressive wing by Taft at the Republican National Convention in Chicago. On the last night of the convention, TR called for all his supporters to leave and convene on their own to endorse the formation of a national progressive party. The Progressive Party was formed later that summer and it nominated Roosevelt as its presidential candidate. When questioned by the press, he said that he felt as strong as a "bull moose," thus giving the party its commonly known moniker. After a vicious and hard fought campaign, the Democratic nominee, Woodrow Wilson, was elected.

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