Who the time of attending Harvard, Teddy

Who
is Theodore Roosevelt? You may ask. Well, Theodore Roosevelt, A.K.A. “Teddy” was
born in Manhattan, New York City, NY on October 27, 1858. “Teddy” was the
second of four children. As a child, he was often sick do to his asthma. Since
he always sick, he was very thin. As a teenager, he decided that he would “make
his body,” and he decided to undertake a program of gymnastics and weight-lifting,
which helped him develop his furrowed physique. Thenceforth, Roosevelt became a
persistent advocate of working-out and the “strenuous life.” (A speech Theodore
gave) He always found time for physical activities including hiking, riding
horses, and swimming. As a young boy, Roosevelt was taught at home by private
teachers.

            In the late 1860s and early 1870s, he traveled widely
through Europe and the Middle East with his family. He lived once with an
adoptive family in Germany for five months. Later, in 1876, he attended Harvard
University, where he studied an array of subjects, such as German, zoology,
natural history, forensics, and composition. At the time of attending Harvard,
Teddy fell in love with a woman named Alice Hathaway Lee, who he met through a
friend at school. The two married in October of 1880. Roosevelt later entered
Columbia Law School, but then dropped out after one year, to begin his career
in public service. He was elected in the New York Assembly and served two
terms. He was the Governor of New York City. In one of his last acts as
Governor of New York before becoming the Vice President of the United States in
March 1901, he signed a legislation that replaced the police commission and
Police Superintendent with a single Police Commissioner. (Theodore Roosevelt)
Before his actions in New York, Roosevelt also had a career in the navy.
Roosevelt served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William
McKinley, but he resigned to lead the Rough Riders, First U.S. Volunteer
Calvary, during the Spanish-American War. Then, he was elected Governor of New
York. “The New York state party leadership convinced McKinley to accept
Roosevelt as his running mate in the 1900 election, moving Roosevelt to the
prestigious but powerless role of vice president. Roosevelt campaigned
vigorously and the McKinley-Roosevelt ticket won a landslide victory based on a
platform of peace, prosperity, and conservatism.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Roosevelt)
President McKinley was assassinated in September 1901, where Roosevelt took
over presidency at age 42, and remains the youngest president in history.

            Theodore Roosevelt began his presidency on September 14,
1901. He became the 26th President of the United States upon the
assassination and death of William McKinley. Teddy ran for another term and won
as president in 1904, running against Alton B. Parker. Roosevelt ended his term
on March 4. 1909. Roosevelt now had a very well-known reputation. During his presidency,
he saw the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act, which established the Food
and Drug Administration to regulate food safety, and the Hepburn Act, which
increased the regulatory power of the Interstate Commerce Commission. Its
original purpose was to regulate railroads to ensure fair rates. Teddy’s main
desire was “…his love for nature, he firmly encouraged the conservation
movement, emphasizing efficient use of natural resources.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Theodore_Roosevelt)
He greatly expanded the system of national parks and national forests.
Roosevelt then started to get into the business side of the country. He was
attacking big business and anti-labor decisions of the courts. Roosevelt
believed that labor unrest posed the greatest potential threat facing the
nation. He thought this because he feared that irritated workers could threaten
the growing economy. During his term one new state was admitted to the Union.
This new sate was Oklahoma. Oklahoma was admitted on November 16, 1907. When
Roosevelt was in office he also sought the creation of a canal through Central
America which would create a tie between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
The location needed to increase military and economic strength for the United
States. The canal was decided to be built in Panama and was known as the Panama
Canal. After a long debate, Congress passed the Spooner Act of 1902, which
granted Roosevelt $170 million to build the Panama Canal. The Panama Canal was 48-mile-long
passage way that is used today for trade.

            In the late 1900s, Roosevelt became increasingly dubious
of big businesses, although companies were close to the Republican Party.
Roosevelt’s doubts in big businesses made him call on Congress to enact a
series of radical new laws. He wanted to replace the laissez-faire industrial
environment with a new economic model which included a larger regulatory role
for the federal government. “Roosevelt feared that the country would turn to
radicals or fall to revolution.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presidency_of_Theodore_Roosevelt) Roosevelt sent a message to Congress,
to restore the employer’s liability law, in January 1908, which had been
stopped by the Supreme Court. Roosevelt furthered on and called for a national
incorporation law, which all corporations must have state charters, which
differed highly state by state, basically a federal tax and inheritance tax
focused on the rich. This created the eight-hour work day that we now have
today. Roosevelt wanted to respond to the outcry against trusts but not to hurt
the good ones. He took a few high-profile cases against some big corporations
and tried to “subdue” other businesses into accepting government supervision. So,
he didn’t attack the trusts/businesses directly and wildly. Essentially
Roosevelt just didn’t want businesses to overwork their workers just so that
they can make money. He thought it would damage the economy, so he put a limit
to the number of hours workers can work. He also put a restriction to child
labor as he thought it was cruel and unnecessary. Roosevelt’s real reason in
attacking these vast businesses was symbolic. He wanted to prove a point. This
point was that the government, rules the country, not private businesses. He
believed in balance, not fragmenting, the big businesses. Briefly, he believed
that not all trusts were bad. He just wanted to seek out the bad ones and
prevent them from harming the public’s interest.

            Theodore Roosevelt was the first president during a time
of the country growing bigger and developing. To devote his loving loyalty to
conserving our natural and cultural history to help establish an important time
in our nation’s history. When many still thought about our valuable supplies as
“unlimited”, Roosevelt saw them as something to protect and love and honor. Theodore
Roosevelt in The United States is sometimes referred to as the “conservationist
president.” Roosevelt has been an outdoor person all his life and a hunter. He
had been on numerous hunting trips during his time, although of his successful
kills, they are filled with sorrow for the loss of species and habitat. He
realized the effects of mankind expanding, hunting, settling, etc. Because of
it he wrote “We have become great because
of the lavish use of our resources. But the time has come to inquire seriously
what will happen when our forests are gone, when the coal, the iron, the oil,
and the gas are exhausted, when the soils have still further impoverished and
washed into the streams, polluting the rivers, denuding the fields and
obstructing navigation.” After he saw these effects, conservation
immediately becomes one of Roosevelt’s priority concerns. When he became
president in 1901, he used his authority to protect wildlife and public lands
by creating the United States Forest Service (USFS) and establishing several
monuments, parks, forests, reserves, etc. He established 150 national forests,
51 federal bird reserves, 4 national game preserves, 5 national parks, and 18
national monuments. Theodore Roosevelt protected approximately 230 acres of
public land. President Roosevelt was one of the most powerful voices in the
history of American conservation. His words and actions continue to affect how
we approach and acknowledge the natural world. Roosevelt’s legacy is found all
over the country today. Currently there are six national parks dedicated to our
great president.

            President Roosevelt is argued to be
one of the best presidents in United States history, if not the best president
in U.S. history. Theodore Roosevelt is the best president to ever take office.
He should be a role model that most of us should look up too. He is he coolest
president ever. He was the first to take over as president after another
president’s death (President McKinley), and win by election. He was the
youngest person to become president, at 42. He varied in numerous jobs
including: naturalist, cattle rancher, deputy sheriff, historian, explorer,
author (35 books), police commissioner, assistant Secretary of the Navy,
governor (New York), war hero, and lawyer. He led the first U.S. Volunteer
Calvary Regiment, known as the Rough Riders. He also led the charge up San Juan
Hill in the Spanish-American War. Teddy was the first conservationist president
and the “Teddy Bear” believe it or not was named after Theodore Roosevelt. It was
named after Roosevelt, in response to a cartoon showing the president refusing
to shoot a bear after it had been tied to a tree. He considered it “unsportsmanlike.”
Theodore Roosevelt, today, is considered a progressive president. He is
considered a progressive president because he would call attention to
progressive issues at the nation levels that were occurring. For example, he
supported Labor, Social Insurance (an early form of what is now Social Security
and Medicare), inheritance tax, unions, federal income tax, national parks,
free public education, and many other good things we enjoy today. He also got
rid of child labor, busted monopolies and trusts, and on several occasions sent
in the Army to defend strikers during labor movements. This is why Roosevelt is
considered a Progressive President.