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Theodore Roosevelt

by Ranjot from Suwanee

Theodore Roosevelt rarely smiles in pictures.
Theodore Roosevelt rarely smiles in pictures.

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."  This is a quote from the United States of America's 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt.  What Roosevelt means is if you don't know what to do, doing something is better than doing nothing.  Theodore Roosevelt is a hero because instead of watching problems, he took action.  For example, he saw that if you wanted to get from the east coast to the west side of the United States by sea, you had to go down South America around the tip and then head north.  These routes take a long time, so Theodore Roosevelt decided to build the Panama Canal.


In the February of 1884, Theodore Roosevelt's wife, Alice, died a few days after giving birth to a baby girl.  Theodore was devastated, and the day before that, his mother died.  He lost two people that loved him the most in the same month. The death of his loved ones shaped him with those qualities because the loss made him stronger and bolder. The loss of his loved ones made him compassionate because he didn't want anyone else to deal with the same pain as he did.  But these events gave him two heroic characteristics.



Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because of his gallantry and compassion.  The author of Theodore Roosevelt states, When the Spanish-American War ended, Teddy was considered a hero for his gallantry.  He lead the Rough Riders, a group of brave soldiers Roosevelt recruited, with no fear.  The Battle of San Juan Hill is where they fought best, (Gaines 21).  This evidence shows that Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because of his gallantry because if he wasn't heroic, they may have lost the war.  The U.S. might have lost the war because the U.S. needed him and his Rough Riders to be gallant and fight in the war so the U.S. has some big help in the war.  Additionally, Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because he is also compassionate.  The book, Theodore Roosevelt, shows that Roosevelt came up with the Pure Food, Drug Act of 1906 and the Meat Inspection Act, (Gaines 32).  This evidence proves that Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because he is also compassionate because he was not pleased with the food being bought by consumers.  He was not pleased with the food because people were getting sick because of their food.  He cared about the health and  the food of the people of the United States.  In conclusion, Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because of his two heroic virtues, gallantry and compassion.



How to solve the problems the workers were having.  Another huge impact was the Panama Canal. Sure, it might cost more than the other route sometimes but the time it takes to get to the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean is shorter.  Finally, Theodore Roosevelt solved the Russo-Japanese War, resulting in him winning the  Nobel Peace Prize.  Without Roosevelt, these events may have never happened.



Theodore Roosevelt was a hero because, rather than ignoring problems, he took action.  Theodore Roosevelt is a hero to many because of his two heroic qualities: gallantry and compassion.   The death of his loved ones shaped him with those qualities because the loss made him stronger. The loss of his loved ones made him compassionate because he wishes that no other soul would face his emotional pain.  In the end, Theodore Roosevelt helped solve U.S. and world problems.  Without him, who knows what would have happened.


Work Cited

Gaines, Ann Graham. Theodore Roosevelt: Our Twenty-sixth President. Chanhassen, MN: Child's World, 2002. Print.

"Theodore Roosevelt Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.

Biography.com Editors. "Theodore Roosevelt Biography." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2015.



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