Theodore Roosevelt 1858-1919
Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?
Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt portrait, c. 1900
Library of Congress
He was also a rancher, a historian,
and an author.
Furthermore, Roosevelt was the nation's hero of the
Spanish-American War of 1898.
Teddy Roosevelt was the reason why we call
the White House the White House and, on a slightly more important
note, why we call the Teddy Bear the Teddy Bear.
Theodore Roosevelt was an outdoor man.
Protecting the natural environment, therefore, was one of his
The Roosevelt Family
Here is a
family tree via which you can trace how Theodore,
Eleanor Roosevelt were related.
The Roosevelt Family
The Roosevelt Arms
The NPS enlightens us that,
Roosevelt means Field of Roses.
Thus, the family's coat of arms represents a
rose bush in a green field.
Qui Plantavit Curabit, translates He
Who Has Planted Will Preserve.
Roosevelt — Life Before Presidency
On January 26, 1883, in
Buffalo, NY, Theodore Roosevelt gave his speech
The Duties of American Citizenship.
On April 10, 1899, Theodore Roosevelt
The Strenuous Life speech at the Hamilton Club in
Roosevelt — Presidency
On September 6, 1901, the
25th President of the United States,
William McKinley, was
shot. McKinley died on September 14, 1901. Later on the same day,
McKinley's Vice President, Theodore Roosevelt, was sworn in. At
forty-two, Roosevelt became the youngest president in the nation's
What about Teddy Roosevelt's
First Inaugural Address?
There was none.
The Inauguration took place in the
library of the Ansley Wilcox residence in Buffalo, New York. The
residence was located at 641 Delaware Avenue. It was the home of
Ansley and Mary Grace Wilcox, Roosevelt's friends.
There was no Bible used and there was no
public speech. All photographers were kicked out of the room after
one genius knocked over another one's camera equipment.
Roosevelt ended McKinley's term without
having a vice president himself.
On December 3, 1901, and as his
First Annual Message to the Senate and House of Representatives,
Theodore Roosevelt delivered his
Controlling the Trusts speech.
On August 16, 1903, Roosevelt delivered
Strength and Decency speech.
Theodore Roosevelt started the building
of the Panama Canal.
The Republican Club of the City of New
York invited Roosevelt to speak at their 19th annual Lincoln Dinner
at the Waldorf-Astoria. Celebrated was the 96th anniversary of the
Theodore Roosevelt accepted the
invitation, and on February 13, 1905, Roosevelt delivered his
Lincoln Dinner Address. Some also call it the
Lincoln and the Race Problem speech.
On March 4, 1905, Theodore Roosevelt
The National Park Service informs us that Teddy Roosevelt wore this
ring, containing pieces of Abraham Lincoln's hair, during his second
At the laying of the cornerstone of the Office Building of the House
of Representatives in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1906, Theodore
Roosevelt delivered his
The Man With the Muck-Rake speech, in which he refers to
the Pilgrim's Progress, a 17th century best-seller
written by the English author John Bunyan.
In 1906, the
Nobel Peace Prize was his.
Roosevelt received this award for his role in bringing about various peace
treaties that ended the
On January 22, 1909, Theodore Roosevelt
sent a special message to the Senate and House of
Representatives, also called the
The Conservation of Public Lands message. In this
Roosevelt emphasized the importance of the protection of natural
resources by the government.
On April 23, 1910, Theodore Roosevelt
visited the Sorbonne at Paris, France, and delivered his
The Man in the Arena speech.
The fine people of Osawatomie, Kansas,
were ready for their John Brown Celebration and invited Theodore
Roosevelt to speak on the occasion. Roosevelt accepted and on August
31, 1910, he delivered his
The New Nationalism speech before approx. 30,000 pairs
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Winner of Biggest Globe Contest, c. February 24, 1903
Library of Congress
Attempts on Theodore
October 14, 1912, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The following is an excerpt
from the book Just 2 Seconds (Gavin de Becker et al. If you
are in the protection business, a must-read.)
John Schrank followed
Roosevelt for 2,000 miles through eight states in 24 days of
campaigning, waiting for an opportunity to kill him. Roosevelt
walked out of his hotel, got into his open car, and turned to
wave at the crowd.
Schrank fired his .38 Colt revolver
from six feet away. Roosevelt was struck in the right chest,
suffering only a broken fourth rib and a minor wound.
A metal case for carrying reading
glasses and a folded 50-page speech slowed the bullet
substantially, such that Roosevelt was able to complete his
speech. He told the audience, "It takes more than one bullet to
stop a bull moose!"
After the speech, he was taken to
the hospital for treatment. He carried the bullet in his chest
until he died seven years later, of natural causes. Schrank was
tried and spent the rest of his life in prison.
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Roosevelt's Place in History
US Election Map 1796 -
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