He writes this in eulogy of a Kansas Republican leader who had served in the Civil War and then for half a century engaged in public service
In the Civil War, Cyrus Leland, Jr. served as a lieutenant in the Tenth Kansas Infantry. He was a member of the Kansas legislature in 1865-1866 and again in 1903-1907. He served many years as county commissioner and as a member of the Republican National Committee. He was appointed by President Benjamin...
In the Civil War, Cyrus Leland, Jr. served as a lieutenant in the Tenth Kansas Infantry. He was a member of the Kansas legislature in 1865-1866 and again in 1903-1907. He served many years as county commissioner and as a member of the Republican National Committee. He was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison to be collector of internal revenue for Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Indian Territory for 1889-1893. Leland was named Missouri Valley pension agent by President William McKinley, a position he held from 1897 until 1901. Leland was a dominant force in Kansas politics and government. Leland was a friend of William Allen White, a journalist who was one of TR’s biggest supporters, and White often wrote Roosevelt about Leland. Leland died August 30, 1917.
Typed letter signed, on his Oyster Bay letterhead, Long Island, N.Y., September 15, 1917, to Fannie Leland Finley, Leland’s daughter, eulogizing her father. “I must write you again to say how I appreciate what you tell me. That was a capital photograph of your father in the newspaper clipping you sent me. As I have said to you, I feel that he was peculiarly the type of citizen which is most needed in this country – a man of ideals and who nevertheless proved he had common sense and literally dauntless courage. Moreover, he was one of the most loyal men I ever met.”
Thus TR shows some of the qualities he most admired: a person of ideals, common sense, courage, and loyalty.
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