In 1901 Vice President Theodore Roosevelt took over as President after William McKinley was assassinated. The country had many opportunities ahead but was in need of some changes that the American people were all too ready for. Roosevelt was brought up in a well to do family and had was Harvard educated. But he was known to be a down to earth man that understood the needs of the people. His first priority as president was to give the people a “square deal” which encompassed his plan for the era. He wanted to reduce control the big businesses had over the U.S. economy and the workers, create more protection for the consumer, and create a plan to conserve our natural resources.
Before Roosevelt became president he was many other things that may have helped him have a broader perspective then other presidents before him. Among them were rancher and cowboy, Deputy Sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New York, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, and a Colonel in the volunteer Calvary that earned the name “rough ri...
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...a for presidents after him to follow. There are so many of his achievements we as Americans are still benefitting from today, and they are how Theodore Roosevelt earned his place on the face of Mount Rushmore.
Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia – American President Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt Association
Some of Theodore Roosevelt’s achievements
U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Theodore Roosevelt Timeline
The National Archives - Telegram, in code, from Theodore Roosevelt to Commodore Dewey 2/26/1898
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