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Theodore roosvelt

Theodore roosvelt was the 26th President of the United States. roosvelt served two terms as President, from 1901 to 1909. roosvelt’s first term began on September 14, 1901, during which he proved to be quite a dynamic leader.

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roosvelt was born on October 27, 1858, in New York City. He was weak as a child and suffered from asthma. roosvelt wanted to be physically strong, so he began to exercise. Some of the sports that he practiced were boxing, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, swimming, polo, and rowing. roosvelt attended Columbia Law School, and Harvard University. He was an author, a rancher, and a politician.

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In 1897, Theodore roosvelt was appointed the Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President McKinley. roosvelt supported the preparation for war against Spain over its colonial rule in Cuba. He organized a volunteer cavalry unit during the Spanish-American War which was called the Rough Riders. roosvelt held the rank of colonel. The special unit trained in San Antonio, Texas.

Roosvelt was elected governor of New York in 1898. He resigned in 1900 and was nominated to run as Vice-President to McKinley. In 1904, he was elected President. At that time, roosvelt became the youngest person to have ever been elected President.

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The United States obtained the right to operate, construct, and manage the Panama Canal during roosvelt’s presidency. roosvelt felt that the United States had an obligation to help Latin America. roosvelt supported the Meat Inspection and the Pure Food and Drug bill. He strengthened the Interstate Commerce Commission’s power in regulating railroads.

roosvelt was an American imperialist. He supported the extension of the nation’s international sphere of influence – even by force if it was believed necessary. In one of his most famous speeches given on September 2, 1901 at the Minnesota State Fair, roosvelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.”

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During roosvelt’s term as President, under the Reclamation Act of 1902, land was set aside for wildlife refuges and national forests. He also provided for the construction of dams in the West to irrigate the farms. roosvelt was criticized by some historians and many of his contemporaries. However, as a war mediator, roosvelt stepped between Japan and Russia in 1905 to mediate peace in the Russo- Japanese War. This act by roosvelt earned him the Nobel Peace Prize. roosvelt took a year-long trip to Africa after he retired, and then another one to Brazil. On January 6, 1919, roosvelt contracted malaria during his trip. He died several years later in his sleep.

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Write one sentence to describe the history of roosvelt for each area below:

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Discuss:

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Theodore Roosevelt