GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK--FIRST YEAR
ON his return from the war with Spain, in September, 1898, Roosevelt was greeted with great popular enthusiasm, and was offered almost immediately two nominations for the Governorship of the State. The first offer was made tentatively by an emissary from T. C. Platt, then United States Senator and absolute boss of the Republican organization in the State. The emissary said he had come, not to offer the nomination, but to ascertain if Roosevelt desired it, and, if in the event of nomination and election, he would "make war" on Mr. Platt and the organization, or would confer with them and give fair consideration to their views of party policy and the public interest; he asked for no pledges but simply for a frank definition of Roosevelt's attitude toward existing party conditions. It was well known at the time that Platt had been forced, quite unwillingly, to turn to Roosevelt as the only candidate who could save his party from what seemed to be certain defeat because of the unpopularity of the existing Republican administration under a subservient Platt man in the Governorship. Roosevelt replied to the emissary that he would like to be nominated, and that if elected he would not make war upon Platt or anybody else, if war could be avoided; that he desired to be Governor and not a faction leader; that he would confer with the organization men, as with everybody else who seemed to him to have knowledge of and interest in public affairs, and that as to Platt and the organization leaders, he would do so in the sincere hope that there might result always harmony of opinion and purpose; but that while he would try to get on well with the organization, the organization must with equal sincerity strive to do
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Publication information: Book title: Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in His Own Letters. Volume: 1. Contributors: Joseph Bucklin Bishop - Author. Publisher: C. Scribner's Sons. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1920. Page number: 109.
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