Teddy Roosevelt

A Progressive President

Early Life and Political Career

Teddy Roosevelt was born in New York, New York on October 27th 1858. He was homeschooled due to his illness with asthma. He also attended Harvard and Columbia Law School. He was also physically active with activities such as weight lifting and boxing.

He was a writer of the book The Naval War of 1812 which established him as a learned historian and a writer. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (1882-1884), but with the death of his mother and wife, he decided to be a be a rancher in the Dakotas, but decided to return to politics in the 1890's. His political roles during this time included being a member of the US Civil Service Commission, President of the NYC Board of Police Commissioners, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Lieutenant Colonel of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment during the Spanish American War, New York State governor, and Vice President of the United States.

What Makes Him a Progressive

At the age of 42, Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest (and arguably the one of the most memorable) presidents in the history of the United States. His nickname was "Trust Buster" mainly because he "broke up" many of the big businesses and trusts that plagued American industry for the late 1800's and early 1900's. As president he made many new regulations for businesses. Some of these regulations included The Pure Food and Drug Act and the Meat Inspection Act of 1906, which made sure what companies were labeling what was in the product was what the product actually contained and that they were made in clean and sanitary conditions. He also brought up many anti-trust law suits and by doing so, broke up many corporations such as Standard Oil, into many smaller companies. He also came up with the "square deal" agreement between business and their workers and unlike many government officials at the time, he often sided with the workers in these types of situations instead of siding with the businesses. He was also very fascinated with nature and wanted to fight to preserve it. He was the first president to make preservation of nature a leading, upfront issue in American society. Even after his presidency he was till trying to make an impact on America. He is greatly remembered as a president who made a big impact on America and as a very iconic individual.

Pictures of the Life of Teddy Roosevelt

Colonel Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during the Spanish American War. He was also a colonel and led a Volunteer Calvary Regiment called the "Rough Riders", who had a major victory at San Juan charging up Kettle Hill, which was a part of the occupying force of Santiago.


Theodore Roosevelt was also a very avid writer, especially in his earlier life. He authored a quite a few famous books, including, The Naval War of 1812.


Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed nature and wildlife and was the first president to make natural preservation a leading issue in American history.

The "Trust Buster"

During his presidency, Roosevelt brought up many anti-trusts lawsuits. These forced trusts and big corporations to break up smaller companies so no one company could have control over 1 industry in America.

The Muckcraker

Teddy Roosevelt responded effectively to many muckrakers in the press during the time and one could argue he was on himself. He was the first president to expose corruption and curb big business and corporations. He also made many new regulations for business to follow such as The Meat Inspection and The Pure Food and Drug Act.

The Accomplishments of Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt has accomplished many, great things during his career. He started his political career in 1882 as the youngest New York State Assemblymen, where even then left his mark by exposing corruption and becoming a leader of the reform faction of the GOP. After taking a break from politics, he came back as the president of the board of New York City Police Commissioners, where he also radically reformed the corrupt police force. He was also Assistant Secretary of the Navy and leader of the cavalry group called the "Rough Riders" during the Spanish American War. He led the "Rough Riders" to victory charging up Kettle Hill on July 1st, 1898. Roosevelt became Vice President of the United States under President William McKinley in 1901. After McKinley was assassinated, Roosevelt became the youngest president of the United States later that year. As president, he broke up big business and made many new business regulations and laws. He was also the first president to fight for natural preservation and make it a leading issue in America. To this day, Teddy Roosevelt remains a very influential and iconic figure to this day.

Why I Wanted to Research Roosevelt

I chose to do this smore on Teddy Roosevelt for many reasons. To me, he seemed like the most interesting and most important progressive individual out of all the people on the list. I also wanted to know more about him and thought this project was the best way to do so (There was no way I would do all this research in my spare time). In my opinion, Teddy Roosevelt was a very good and important president. I also seem him as a very iconic man and probably one of the most influential politicians in American History.