A daily dose of Inspiration!

I have been taking the approximately month and a half to review the United States past Presidents.  All adult citizens are preparing to vote for the next President of the United States of America.  Looking back, may help prepare each of us to move forward.  We can be inspired by the Presidents of the United States of America.


Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States.  He held the office from September 14, 1901 until March 4, 1909.  He was, also, a politician, soldier, author, conservationist, explorer, historian, and naturalist.


Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was born in 1858 in New York City, New York.  He had three siblings.  His father was a glass businessman and philanthropist who helped found the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Roosevelt took world vacations with his family and was mostly homeschooled.  He went to Harvard College in 1876.  He joined clubs and was an editor of The Harvard Advocate.  He graduated with honors in 1880.  He then attended Columbia Law School.  Roosevelt published The Naval War of 1812 in 1882.


Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880.  Their daughter was born in 1884, followed unfortunately by his wife’s death two days later.  Theodore left his daughter in his sister’s care for three years.  Theodore focused on his early career work.  He spent time living in the American West operating a cattle ranch.  He returned and became involved politically once again.


He had begun political involvement, as well as, military service.  He served in the New York National Guard from 1882 until 1886.  He, also, server as a Member of the New York State Assembly from 1882 until 1884, part of this time as the minority leader.  He later served as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy.  Then in 1898 he served in the United States Army during the Spanish-American War.


In 1886, he was remarried.  He and his second wife, Edith Carow, married in 1886.  They had five children.


In 1899, he became the Governor of New York.  He next was elected the Vice President when President William McKinley was reelected President in 1901.  He became President following President McKinley’s assassination.  President Theodore Roosevelt served the remainder of this term, as well as, being elected and serving the full following term.


Roosevelt led the country into the Progressive Era.  He established national parks, forests, and monuments.  Construction began on the Panama Canal and he expanded the United States Navy.  President Roosevelt won the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for his work that led to the end of the Russo-Japanese War.


Following his Presidency, he traveled, but also stayed extremely involved in politics.  He even offered his military service for World War I.  He then suffered health issues and died in 1919.  He had published several books, as well as, articles.  President Theodore Roosevelt has been given honors and memorials, one being his part of the carving of Presidents profiles on Mount Rushmore Memorial in South Dakota.  The Theodore Roosevelt Association was founded in 1919 by his supporters.  It has grown and changed over the years.  He is still portrayed in popular culture and was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2001.


Be inspired!  Have a bright day!

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