Theodore Roosevelt, Sr (1831-1878), was instrumental in developing an allotment system during the American Civil War, allowing Union soldiers in the field to send a regular portion of their pay home to family and dependents. He served actively as a New York State Allotment Commissioner and as a founding member, and later treasurer, of the Union League Club, raising considerable donations of food and funds in direct support of the Union cause.
He avoided active war service through the hiring of a replacement in fulfillment of his military obligations.
Photograph: T.R. Senior. [1860?] Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site