President Teddy Roosevelt, a fan of Yosemite and the West, hung one of Harry’s paintings of Mt. Shasta in the White House.
Below is a clipping from the Nov 29th issue of the San Francisco Call describing Harry's refusal to accept a check from President Roosevelt., and the text of a letter sent from the President thanking Harry for the painting.
San Francisco Call, Nov 29, 1907 ... editorial page, The Insider column.
November 12, 1908
Mr. H.C. Best,
Cosmos Club, Washington, D.C.
Dear Sir: I appreciate very much your painting, the "Afterglow on Mount Shasta," and shall give it the place of honor in my home. I consider the evening twilight on Mount Shasta one of the grandest sights I have ever witnessed. Kindest regards to Mrs. Best and little Virginia Best.