The Progressive Presidents

A Comparison

Theodore Roosevelt

Born in New York City on October 27, 1858, Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming U.S. vice president. Later he became the 26th President. Teddy spent a lot of time with his family. After President McKinley got assassinated, Teddy was know for the youngest soon to be president at the age of 42. Theodore went to school at Harvard.

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Leadership: A - Theodore always knew what to do. He created many policies and many organizations that helped out many people. Especially with the foreign policy. He was considered then a big hero and a big leader for everyone. He was such a good leader that he was the first presidents to win the Nobel Peace Prize. At first people weren't happy that he became leader. But as he got better and did more better things for the United States, people started to trust him and be behind him for leader.

Organization: A - When he was in office he accomplished many great things. For example the National Reclamation Act of 1902, which established irrigation projects in the west side of state. That was a very big one because he saved many acres of land from getting destroyed and saved lots of wildlife, like for example the grand canyon. He also made the Panama Canal possible. One of the bills he intakes and passed was the foreign policy. He organized his colleagues and nation by first class middle class and etc.

Professionalism - A - President Roosevelt was very serious and honest about things while in office. Also he had a really good memory, so he remembered lots of things and he knew what to do to make things better. He was really good in the office as well. People at first did not admire him because he was just a regular person and then when McKinney died he became president, many didn't approve of it. But as he got better at things and got used to being president and made some good changes to the nation, people had trust in him and liked him then.

Contributions:A -Teddy Roosevelt's energetic vision helped bring the nation into the new century. America owes nearly 200 million acres of national forest and parkland to his foresight, some of which can be viewed atop Mount Rushmore, where Roosevelt's visage is carved in memorial.Theodore was remember for his Foreign Policy, corporate reforms, and ecological preservation.

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William Howard Taft

William Taft was born on September 15th, 1857, in Ohio. His father was an Alphonso Taft, a Republican attorney who served as secretary of war and attorney general under President Ulysses S. Grant,then ambassador to Austria-Hungary and Russia under President Chester A. Arthur. The younger Taft attended Yale University before studying law at the University of Cincinnati. He was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1880 and entered private practice. In 1886, Taft married Helen, the daughter of another local lawyer and Republican Party activist; the couple would have three children.William Howard Taft was an American jurist and statesman who served as both the 27th President of the United States and later the 10th Chief Justice of the United States.In early 1900, President William McKinley called Taft to Washington and tasked him with setting up a civilian government in the Philippines, which had become a U.S. protectorate after the Spanish-American War (1898).

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Leadership:B-Many people believed in Taft. They all tried to help out with school and building taxes. Many other didn't because of increasing in taxes and not many didn't get the right to stand up in what they believed in what he should do. Even though Taft ran twice for being president he still won for the office and McKinney tried to get more votes but didn't get it. Congress disagreed with him running again. William Howard Taft faced the difficult task as President of living up to the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt. Taft so disappointed his predecessor, former mentor, and friend, that Roosevelt opposed his renomination in 1912 and bolted from the Republican Party to form his own "Bull-Moose" party, creating an opening for Democrat Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 presidential election.

Organization:A-William Taft was really organized, even when he is doing something else he try to multi-task.Though he was initially active in “trust-busting,” initiating some 80 antitrust suits against large industrial combinations–twice as many as Roosevelt–he later backed away from these efforts, and in general aligned himself with the more conservative members of the Republican Party.From 1909 to 1913, President William Howard Taft and Secretary of State Philander C. Knox followed a foreign policy characterized as “dollar diplomacy.”Taft shared the view held by Knox, a corporate lawyer who had founded the giant conglomerate U.S. Steel, that the goal of diplomacy was to create stability and order abroad that would best promote American commercial interests. In China, Knox secured the entry of an American banking conglomerate, headed by J.P. Morgan, into a European-financed consortium financing the construction of a railway from Huang to Canton. In spite of successes, “dollar diplomacy” failed to counteract economic instability and the tide of revolution in places like Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and China.

Professionalism:A-A former judge who preferred the law to politics, he was admired for his administrative competence both by William McKinley – who made him chief civil administrator in the Philippines – and by Theodore Roosevelt, who made him Secretary for War. But he did not flourish when he emerged from Roosevelt's shadow.

Contributions:A-William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court, becoming the only person to have served as both a U.S. chief justice and president.

President William Taft Biography

Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856, in Staunton, Virginia. His father, Joseph Ruggles Wilson, was a Presbyterian minister, and his mother, Janet Woodrow Wilson, was a minister’s daughter and originally from England. Tommy Wilson, as he was called growing up, spent his childhood and teen years in Augusta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina. During the American Civil War (1861-1865), Wilson’s father served as a chaplain in the Confederate army and used his church as a hospital for injured Confederate troops.Wilson graduated from Princeton University in 1879 and went on to attend law school at the University of Virginia. After briefly practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University in 1886. (Wilson remains the only U.S. president to earn a doctorate degree.) He taught at Bryn Mawr College and Wesleyan College before being hired by Princeton in 1890 as a professor of jurisprudence and politics. From 1902 to 1910, Wilson was president of Princeton, where he developed a national reputation for his educational reform policies.

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Leadership:A –Woodrow Wilson was one of America's greatest Presidents. His domestic program expanded the role of the federal government in managing the economy and protecting the interests of citizens. His foreign policy established a new vision of America's role in the world. And he helped to make the White House the center of power in Washington. Most historians rank him among the five most important American Presidents, along with Washington, Lincoln, and the two Roosevelt.

Organization:A – Once in the White House, Wilson achieved significant progressive reform. Congress passed a act, which reduced the tariff on imports and imposed a new federal income tax. It also passed legislation establishing the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission. Other accomplishments included child labor laws, an eight-hour day for railroad workers and government loans to farmers.

Professionalism:A –Woodrow Wilson Accomplished many, many, many tasks during presidency. A lot of people did admire him. Many people wanted him to do more but he couldn't since he had so much on his mind to make right. He wanted everyone to be happy, so that he feels appreciated to make life better. He helped out with the women's rights, Child labor, tariff, and imports. He also accomplished Federal Trade Commission. He has done his duty right on.

Contributions:B –Life after being president was really tough for Wilson. Wilson had a pretty bad stroke. He was mostly paralyzed and nearly blind. Even though he expanded many acts and laws that were accomplished, and many people admire that, its just that he was slowly losing his mind and not able to do work. He was the only president to be buried at the National Cathedral.

President Woodrow Wilson Biography