Theodore Roosevelt

by Christopher from San Diego () ()

September 6, 1901 President William McKinley in New York City was shot twice in the stomach(Andrew). 8 days later McKinley died leaving the country in devastation. The future of the country seemed so hopeless until Vice President, yet to be President, Theodore Roosevelt stepped in. Stepping into office Roosevelt was the youngest president to ever live and had plans for the future of the country. Through Theodore Roosevelt's leadership and courage he can be seen as a heroic figure today.

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Born on October 27, 1858, Theodore Roosevelt was a shy boy who suffered from asthma. Looking up to his father, "the timid bookworm started changing into a brave adventurous leader" (Roosevelt). As the youngest U.S. president to live he impacted the world more than anyone would have expected. Exploring parts of the Amazon no one dared to travel; he helped map unknown territories. Being the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Roosevelt helped to establish over 20 National Parks and Monuments (Anirudh).

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One of the best qualities that Roosevelt possessed was his leadership. His leadership helped him become the amazing hero he is today. Leadership can be seen in Theodore through his words and actions. Before Roosevelt took office he was "president of the New York City Police Commission; for more than two years he did public battle with police corruption and demon rum" (Roosevelt). This shows his leadership because Roosevelt was able to lead people through public battles and against corrupt police, which is a difficult task that requires much skill. During his time in office Theodore "devoted a great deal of his time to Japanese-American relations, trying to uphold the "Open Door Policy" of his predecessor through diplomacy and a show of force" (Roosevelt). Roosevelt's fight for uniting countries shows his expertise because to unite two countries requires great determination; one must have the trust of the citizens and other leaders to follow through with this. All in all, Roosevelt's ability to lead citizens make him the heroic figure he is today.

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Secondly, Theodore Roosevelt's courage was another factor that led him to be a hero. In 1898 when the Spanish War broke out, "Roosevelt resigned from his government post to organize the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, better known as the 'Rough Riders'" (Roosevelt). Roosevelt's actions show his courage because he was willing to give up his job and risk his life fighting for his country. In addition, Roosevelt had the determination to organize the first volunteer cavalry. Overall the contributions Theodore made through his precedence was massive. But nothing outweighs how he "added enormously to the national forests in the West, reserved lands for public use, and fostered great irrigation projects" (Freidel, Sidey). Unlike anybody during his time Roosevelt took into consideration and spent time on the conservation of the natural land.This shows his courage because he was willing to help spend time on the environment ignoring what other people thought. His support on the environment helped to form the next generation of great naturalist.

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Theodore Roosevelt once said "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" (Roosevelt), Roosevelt truly lived by that. When the Spanish War broke out Roosevelt didn't stand there and watch, he dropped his job and fought for what he believed (Roosevelt). To me, that is why I believe Theodore Roosevelt is an inspiration. He lived by his own words and did whatever his heart told him. No matter what other people thought, he followed through with his ideas. Accomplishing so much in his life he never wasted a second of it. His contributions to the environment truly impacted our world in such a way that I will always appreciate. On September 6, 1901, Theodore Roosevelt was given a chance to show the world what he could do. And he definitely showed the world.

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