Washington DC: June 29, 1898. One page on War Department stationery measuring 5" x 7.75"; To Allen Bourn of the New York Central Railroad referring to rails the Government may purchase. Alger was Secretary of War during the Spanish American War. Very good. Item #16967
Russell Alexander Alger (February 27, 1836 – January 24, 1907) was a Governor and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan and also U.S. Secretary of War during the Presidential administration of William McKinley. He was supposedly a distant relation of Horatio Alger; although Russell Alger lived his own "rags-to-riches" success tale, eventually becoming a financier, lumber baron, railroad owner, and government official in several high offices.