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Our Presidents - Twenty-sixth
by Karen Palumbo   
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Last edited: Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, April 06, 2010

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Our Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt
1901 - 1909


                                    Our Presidents
                     Theodore Roosevelt
                          1901 - 1909

"Theodore Roosevelt" our twenty-sixth President was born in New York City, New York, the son of a prominent New York family. Theodore Roosevelt attended "Harvard", married "Alice Hathaway Lee" and raised one child. Theodore Roosevelt went to law school for a short time.

Theodore Roosevelt was elected to the "New York Assembly in 1881", but when his wife and his mother died on the same day in 1884, he gave up politics and ranched in North Dakota for two years.

In 1886, Theodore Roosevelt married "Edith Kermit Carow" and together raised five children. In 1889 "President Benjamin Harrison" appointed Theodore Roosevelt to the "Civil Service Commission", where he served until he was groomed to be the "Police Commissioner of New York in 1895".

Theodore Roosevelt had gained a reputation as a reformer. This and his strong support of President William McKinley" in the 1896 election won him the post of "Assistant Secretary of the Navy". In this position Theodore Roosevelt urged a strong military role for the United States.

When the "Spanish - American War" broke out, Theodore Roosevelt resigned and helped to organize a cavalry regiment known as the Rough Riders". Theodore Roosevelt's leadership of the Regiment's charge up "Kettle Hill" in Cuba made him a national hero.

As soon as Theodore Roosevelt returned, he was nominated by the "Republican Party" for "Governor of New York" and won the election. As Governor, his reforms of the state government angered the Republican party and they were glad to push him into the  Vice Presidential Nomination at the 1900 Convention.

The position of "Vice President" soon bored him, and Theodore Roosevelt was considering resigning when "President William McKinley" was shot, and Theodore Roosevelt became President.

President Theodore Roosevelt's Congress was conservative and President Theodore Roosevelt was far from it, so he took on himself wide Presidential powers. President Theodore Roosevelt enforced "anti-trust laws" that had been neglected, charging more than thirty corporations with violating them.

In a coal strike, President Theodore Roosevelt made the mine owners negotiate with the union. President Theodore Roosevelt created a new "Department of Commerce and Labor". In foreign affairs, President Theodore Roosevelt was even more vigorous. He refused to allow European powers to occupy Venezuela and the Dominican Republic and stated that the United States would be the guardian of the Western Hemisphere.

President Theodore Roosevelt encouraged a revolution in Columbia that created a United States controlled area on the "Isthmus of Panama" in order to build the "Panama Canal", then interested himself in the building of the canal. In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt was re-elected.

President Theodore Roosevelt spent much time during his second term on conservation measures. In 1905 President Theodore Roosevelt arranged the ending of the "Russo-Japanese War". For this work he was given the "Nobel Peace Prize".

After four years out of office, President Theodore Roosevelt ran again on a third-party ticket, but the Democratic candidate, "President Woodrow Wilson" won. President Theodore Roosevelt was still hoping for the Republican nomination when he died in 1919.


**Just a side note:

President Theodore Roosevelt was also an avid hunter as his Victorian style home in Oyster Bay, New York is filled with his animal mounts and skins in every room. The grounds have grown green, lush and tall, plush trees now block the once view of Long Island Sound.



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4/6/2010 (c)


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Reviewed by Roger Ochs 4/7/2010
You've gotta love TR. Horribly myopic, badly asthmatic, etc., yet turned himself into a great outdoorsman. (I'll be nice and not mention that he virtually created his own myth. What a PR genius!)
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/7/2010
That was a President worth his salt and the one that could shout "full ahead and damned be the torpedoes!"
With him as President the Iranians wouldn't have attacked our Embassy unpunished, nor he would have wasted economical and human resources in Nam, Iraq or Afghanistan without first have a plan to squash the vermin, not like his harebrained successors squandering trillions of dollars and hundred thousand of American soldiers lives just for a "wannabe" disastrous political dream.


Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/7/2010
Still one of my favorite US historical characters. I can't help but wonder what the bio will be for your current president when you get up to present day...Obama, the president believed to be responsible for the Second American Civil War...
Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 4/6/2010
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