Memorable Quotations from Theodore Roosevelt

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By Jim Dell


Memorable Quotations from Theodore Roosevelt
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Born in New York, Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919) was the 26th president of the United States (1901–9). The frail son of a prominent family, he made resolute efforts to overcome the fragile health that would significantly affect his character. After graduating (1880) from Harvard, he served (1882–84) as a Republican state legislator. Bereft by the deaths (1884) of his mother and his wife, Alice Hathaway Lee, he retreated to his ranch in the Dakota Territory. Returning to New York in 1886, he wed Edith Kermit Carow and served on the Civil Service Commission, as head (1895–97) of the New York City police board, and as assistant secretary (1897–98) of the navy. In 1898 he established, with Leonard Wood, the Rough Riders regiment that fought in Cuba during the Spanish-American War; he came home a hero. He was elected (1900) vice president under William McKinley, and upon McKinley's assassination in Sept. 1901 became president at the age of 42. An activist and an inventive leader, he set about “trust busting” by instigating some 40 lawsuits against the big trusts. He also fathered significant conservation legislation. His championship of the rights of the “little man” captured the people's imagination, and he was reelected (1904) by a landslide. His second administration ensured passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. His progressive reforms directed at regulation, not elimination, of big business. Roosevelt conclusively increased the power of the president, principally in foreign affairs. Asserting that the U.S. had the right to enforce order in Latin America, he intervened (1903) in a civil war in Panama to promote construction of the Panama Canal. He mediated (1904) the end of the Russo-Japanese War, for which he won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. Though he had hand-picked William Howard Taft to succeed him, he became irritated at Taft's obvious lack of progressive principles and split the Republican party in 1912 by running for president as the third-party Progressive, or Bull Moose, candidate. He outpolled Taft but lost the election. Throughout his busy career he found time for big game hunting and for writing numerous books.


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