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Past Association Director Sentenced For Theft Of Historic Letters

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site

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On Friday, September 19th, Edward J. Renehan, a well-known author and historian, was sentenced in federal court to 18 months in prison and two years of supervised release and ordered to pay $86,700 in restitution for his theft and sale of historic letters written by Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Renehan admitted that he stole the letters from the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) when he was the interim executive director in 2005 and 2006 and that he then sold them at an auction. Renehan pled guilty to federal charges of interstate transportation of stolen goods in May, citing bipolar disorder as the cause for the thefts. The judge imposed this significant sentence in part because Renehan held a position of trust within the association. The Theodore Roosevelt Association is a cooperating association with Sagamore Hill and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historical Sites in New York.  Renehan faces additional sentencing next week in state court for the theft of an additional letter, written by Theodore Roosevelt, which was investigated by Nassau County. All of the letters were recovered and will be returned to the National Park Service and the Theodore Roosevelt Association. In his press release, US attorney Michael Garcia praised the work of NPS special agent Glenn Van Neil, who investigated this significant case. Click on the link below for the original report.



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