Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in His Own Letters - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XIIII
NOMINATED AND ELECTED VICE-PRESIDENT

EARLY in the second year of his term as Governor, in fact, near the close of the first year, Roosevelt's peace of mind began to be disturbed by proposals to have him nominated for Vice-President. On December 29, 1899, he wrote as follows about it to Senator Lodge:

" Platt told me that you and Chandler wanted me nominated; that some of the far-Western Senators wanted me because they thought I would strengthen the ticket in their States; but that the general opinion was that it would not be a wise move for me personally as I should be simply shelved as Vice-President and could do nothing, for if I did anything I should attract suspicion and antagonism. All my Western friends keep writing me to the same effect. I do not think I have had a letter from any of them advising me to take the nomination, and I have had scores advising me not to take it."

Writing again to Senator Lodge, on January 22, 1900, he said:

"On Saturday Platt for the first time stated to me very strongly that he believed I ought to take the Vice-Presidency both for national and for State reasons. I believe Platt rather likes me, though I render him uncomfortable for some of the things I do."

On February 1, 1900, he wrote a long letter to Senator Platt giving his reasons for not desiring the nomination:

"I can't help feeling more and more that the Vice-Presidency is not an office in which I could do anything and not an office in which a man still vigorous and not past middle

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