Theodore Roosevelt autographs: demand is steady

You might be surprised to learn Teddy Roosevelt's autograph isn't all that rare.

Everyone has their favourite US president.

Your pick is dependent on countless factors.

Age. Where you grew up. Political persuasion.

But ask any teenage boy and you'll usually get the same answer.

Teddy Roosevelt.


Roosevelt is one of the more eccentric US presidents.

Born into a wealthy Manhattan family, he dreamed of the wild frontier. Following the death of both his wife and mother, he quit political office and moved to the wilds of North Dakota.

Teddy Roosevelt autograph

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

He became a herdsman, hunter and ranch hand.

Then, in the 1890s, he joined the US Volunteer Cavalry (aka the Rough Riders) in Cuba.

And there's the insane hunting expedition he took to Europe and Africa after his presidency.

Some presidents are dry. They aspire to be seen as a steady hand on the tiller.

That's not Roosevelt.

His legacy is impressive.

He established national parks and forests. Built the Panama Canal. Negotiated peace in Asia.

Roosevelt appeals to those on both right and left.

This drives demand for his autograph.

His signature is relatively common

Roosevelt was prodigious.

He was in the public eye from a young age.

Teddy Roosevelt autograph

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

In 1882 he was elected to the New York State Assembly aged 24.

His career was a continuous upward gradient.

As a result, you’ll find his name on plenty of documents.

Then there's the 45 books he wrote. Countless letters and newspaper articles.

That's why Roosevelt’s signature is comparatively affordable.

You can own a decent specimen for less than $2,000.


Quality examples are valuable

We're looking for autographs that connect with key moments in Roosevelt's life.

Letters referencing the Rough Riders and the establishment of the national parks have sold for upwards of $20,000 in the past.

Teddy Roosevelt autograph

(Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Signed photographs are also rare.

Photography was relatively new in Roosevelt's time.

These portraits were usually presented to other notable figures. Collectors looking for a Roosevelt autograph with investment potential must be prepared to pay a little extra.

However, given Roosevelt’s enduring popularity...

He is, after all, one of the four faces carved into Mount Rushmore...

The initial layout may prove worthwhile.

Paul Fraser.

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