Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (icon ; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States
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 (1901–1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement
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, as well as his "cowboy
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" persona and robust masculinity
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. He was a leader of the Republican Party
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 and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912
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1901    Vice President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, "Speak softly and carry a big stick" at the Minnesota State Fair.

1901    President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.

1901    President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House.

1901    US President Theodore Roosevelt delivers a 20,000-word speech to the House of Representatives asking the Congress to curb the power of trusts "within reasonable limits".

1902    The U.S. Congress passes the Spooner Act, authorizing President Theodore Roosevelt to acquire rights from Colombia for the Panama Canal.

1902    Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first President of the United States to ride in an automobile.

1903    President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States.

1905    Russo-Japanese War: In New Hampshire, USA, the Treaty of Portsmouth, mediated by US President Theodore Roosevelt, ends the war.

1906    Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value.

1906    U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt proclaims Devils Tower in Wyoming as the nation's first National Monument.


The light has gone out of my life.

Entry in Roosevelt's diary, after which he put a large X, on 1884-02-14, the day in which both his mother and wife died within hours of each other.

There is a curse on this house.

Theodore repeating what his brother, Elliot Roosevelt, said when Theodore reached his home in New York City to find both mother and wife dying on the evening of 1884-02-13. In this same house their father had also died a slow and agonizing death on 1878-02-09 at the age of 46 from stomach cancer.

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.

Speech at the Hamilton Club, Chicago (1899-04-10)

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.

Speech at the Hamilton Club, Chicago (1899-04-10)

Death is always and under all circumstances a tragedy, for if it is not, then it means that life itself has become one.

Letter to Cecil Spring-Rice (1900-03-12)

I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit.

Letter to Mark Hannah (1900-06-27)