n. p. Privately Printed by W. Emlen Roosevelt, 1914. First Edition. Publishers black cloth with titling stamped in gilt on spine and front cover. 6" x 9", 8 vo., pp. 7 - 362, being a faithful transcription of testimony given in the libel trial against Theodore Roosevelt by editor of the Iron Ore newspaper in Ishpeming, MI, George Newett. Bumped corners and top / bottom of spine, otherwise a very clean, tight copy of this rare book. It is believed to have been printed in a run of less than 100 copies printed.
On May 26, 1913, a trial started in Marquette, Michigan. Theodore Roosevelt had sued the editor of the Iron Ore newspaper, George Newett, for libel. Accusations of drunkenness had followed Roosevelt throughout the 1912 presidential campaign, rumors which were reprinted and discussed in both Republican and Democratic newspapers. Finally, Roosevelt lost patience and initiated legal consequence.
When Roosevelt arrived in Marquette for the trial, he was buoyed by the support he received at the train station. He also had the pleasure of watching Newett’s defense go up in smoke quickly once the trial began. Roosevelt had an impressive array of men come and vouch that he was not a drunkard. The witnesses included Gifford Pinchot, Robert Bacon, Jacob Riis, and Admiral George Dewey. Newett’s star witness, a journalist who had sworn he’d seen Roosevelt drunk, was forced to flee the country because of grand larceny charges before the start of the trial.
In the end, Newett read a statement of retraction in court and Roosevelt waived damages. The trial had been more about restoring Roosevelt’s good name, damaged by the 1912 presidential campaign, to its former national hero glory. In a letter to his son Kermit following the end of the trial, Roosevelt noted he was very satisfied with the outcome but wished he could have avoided the expense of it. Roosevelt's cousin, W. Emlen Roosevelt, who testified in Roosevelt's favor, published this volume as a lasting record against the libelous claim.
William Emlen Roosevelt (1857 - 1930) was Theodore's first cousin and a life long supporter and financial advisor. Emlen was an executive in several banking operations, including Chemical Bank, Astor National Bank and Roosevelt & Son. He was an earlier investor in Telephone companies in Mexico and South America. Personally, he had no political ambitions, but ardently supported his cousine on the campaign trail. Roosevelt, who had little care for personal financial management, called on Emlen to be active in that facet of his life. Near Fine / not issued. Item #2300
"Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way; he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it. All who oppose him are wreckers of the country, liars, knaves, and undesirables. He alone is pure and entitled to a halo. Rats. For so great a fighter, self-styled, he is the poorest loser we ever knew!" (Iron Ore allegaton).