Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt
Sept.14,1901 – Mar. 4,1909
Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in the negotiation of the Portsmouth Treaty. He was the only president that won the Congressional Medal of Honor, which was given to him posthumously by President Clinton.
He actually did something to earn both of these awards, lead his men in battles that changed the face of an entire war and negotiated for peace that ended the Russo-Japanese War.
* Invited Booker T. Washington to dine at the White House in 1901.
I found this interesting as he was a conservative. Everyone knows conservatives are racist.
* Writes “Conservation of Womanhood and Childhood”, the precursor for national legislation protecting women’s labor rights and proscribing child labor.
Again, I found this interesting, as conservatives hate women.
* Appointed Pat Garrett, slayer of Billy the Kid, as Customs Collector of El Paso, Texas.
I put this one in because, it’s just cool.
* Initiated Reclamation Policy under “Newlands Act”.
Hmmm. An environmentalist.
* Settled a crippling Coal Strike, Negotiated Portsmouth Treaty ending the Russo-Japanese War, Cuban Reciprocity Treaty, Outlined the resolution to the Algeciras Conference, Resolved the Alaskan boundary dispute, etc.
Not only could he resolve national problems, he was also respected by foreign powers.
* Created Devil’s Tower National Monument, El Morro National Monument, Chaco Canyon National Monument, Petrified Forest National Monument, Creates Cinder Cone National Monument, Lassen Peak National Monument, Gila Cliff National Monument, Tonto National Monument, and many, many more.
A huge conservationist.
* Completes the Panama Canal.
He saw the necessity in the canal not only for trade but also as a wartime asset. When the French failed to build it in the 1880’s he took up the task, to it’s completion.
* Was for Legal Immigration of which he had all immigrants documented.
Roosevelt was for legal immigration but knew the necessity of knowing who was coming into America.
All these facts and more can be found at the site below.
Not only was he a great president, he was also a great American who knew what it would take to keep the bond of it’s people from being broken. In this speech, he told of one way in which the people of this country would break that uniting bond.
“There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all.”
“This is just as true of the man who puts “native” before the hyphen as of the man who puts German or Irish or English or French before the hyphen. Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance.”
“But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as any one else.”
“The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English- Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian- Americans, or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality than with the other citizens of the American Republic.”
“The men who do not become Americans and nothing else are hyphenated Americans; and there ought to be no room for them in this country. The man who calls himself an American citizen and who yet shows by his actions that he is primarily the citizen of a foreign land, plays a thoroughly mischievous part in the life of our body politic. He has no place here; and the sooner he returns to the land to which he feels his real heart-allegiance, the better it will be for every good American.”
Address to the Knights of Columbus
New York City- October 12th, 1915
Theodore Roosevelt made mistakes while he was president, but he made his mistakes in attempting to build up America, not tear it down.
Always remember, “Speak softly and carry a big stick”.