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Nicholas MiraculousThe Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler$
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Michael Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174213

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174213.001.0001

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Teddy Roosevelt and a Horse Called Nicoletta

Teddy Roosevelt and a Horse Called Nicoletta

(p.172) Chapter Eight Teddy Roosevelt and a Horse Called Nicoletta
Nicholas Miraculous

Michael Rosenthal

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Nicholas Murray Butler's friendship with United States President Theodore Roosevelt, who welcomed Butler's election as president of Columbia University with these words: “My close friend, my valued advisor.” Butler had been in demand at the White House from the earliest days of Roosevelt's presidency. Butler and Roosevelt first met in early June 1884 at the Republican National Convention in Chicago, when the latter was still a state assemblyman from New York's twenty-first District. When Roosevelt became president in 1901, Butler plunged energetically into national politics. He also played a key role in Roosevelt's reelection in 1904 as Republican Party candidate. In 1908, Butler found himself abruptly cast out of Roosevelt's affection. Writing to his son Archie in February, Roosevelt explained that Archie's mother had become so angry with Butler that she had named the new mare she was riding “Nicoletta.” In 1912, when James S. Sherman, Vice President of William Howard Taft, died a few days before the presidential election, Butler was designated to accept the electoral votes that Sherman would have received.

Keywords:   politics, Nicholas Murray Butler, friendship, Theodore Roosevelt, Columbia University, Republican Party, James S. Sherman, William Howard Taft

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