Who Was Theodore Roosevelt?


Anansh Gupta, Journalist

Have you ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt? He was an American statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, and writer, who served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. He was born on October 27th, 1858, and he died on January 6th, 1919. His nickname was also Teddy or T. R. (His initials.) He was considered a really good president.


As a president, he accomplished many things. These accomplishments include expanding the system of national parks and national forests, promoting the conservation movement, and emphasizing efficient use of natural resources. After that, he started to attack big businesses, proposing welfare states, and supporting labor unions. He was also a leader of the Progressive movement, and he championed his “Square Deal” domestic policies which promised the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, and regulation of railroads.


“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” – Theodore Roosevelt. This quote means that you have to try and fail to succeed. This also means that failing is hard, but you have to try more to succeed. “When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.” – Theodore Roosevelt.  This quote means that when you want to give up, keep trying and you will get there.  Whenever you have had enough, keep trying and trying until you can do it.


Theodore Roosevelt had three siblings, two sisters and one brother. He married Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt. Two days after she gave birth to their only child, she died of Bright’s disease. After that, he married Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, and had five children. He got shot in 1912 by a saloonkeeper, and died in 1919. He was seen as a good president and his head is carved on Mount Rushmore.


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Theodore Roosevelt: The 26th President of The United States

Theodore Roosevelt’s Early Life and Career

Theodore Roosevelt: Family Life