Progressive Presidents Report Card
By: Madison Ponciroli
Theodore Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858 in New York City. Roosevelt battled with asthma as a child, so to try and overcome it he stayed very active. He attended Harvard College prior to getting national recognition for his hard fought battle in the Navy. He entered Politics as part of New York's legislation and then became their Governor as both a Republican and Progressive. For only about 6 months, Teddy was Vice President for William Mckinley until he was assassinated. Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States, and arguably one of the best presidents ever to be. He passed away on January 6, 1919 at the age of 60.
Roosevelt had previous experience in the military as being a commander so he knew how to take charge. The nation did believe in Teddy and thought he was doing good for the country. He favored war because he believed that it united nations better, because he wanted the U.S. to be in global power. One thing that he did to help America's global power was added the Panama Canal for easier access to Asia for trade and involvement. He also added the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine in 1904 which said that the U.S. would defend Latin America, so they can invest there. The people supported his thoughts, and understood the help that they were doing.
Theodore Roosevelt accomplished many things during his presidency. He was very concerned about the people so he created The Square Deal. This deal caused there to be a change in how goods were made and sold in order for everyone to be able to afford them. It said that businesses needed to make goof quality products at fair prices, so therefore everyone can have quality items not just the wealthy. Roosevelt was also very concerned with the environment and wanted to take conservation more seriously. He also signed a bill creating the Department of Commerce and Labor. He was a pretty organized man for he accomplished a number of things throughout his presidency and left a positive footprint behind him.
As President, Theodore Roosevelt was very admired by the people. He loved to speak and people enjoyed going and listening to what he had to say. He was pro union, which means that he favors the workers, so that gave him many supporters. He changed the nation for better, so therefore was well liked by much of the nation. He was a very active person that tried to stay in shape. He was a people person, and liked to be in public and make speeches or have debates.
Some of his main contributions would have to be the Square Deal, which controlled government regulation and fair pricing, and the Hepburn Act that regulated shipping rates. He is also well known for creating one the Bull Moose Party, which was a third party. He conserved millions of acres of land, in his acts of conservation. He had a very successful presidency, making his shoes very hard to fill for the next president.
William Howard Taft
William Howard Taft was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnnati, Ohio. He attended both Yale University and Cincinnati Law School. Before Taft became President he was Solicitor General of the United States and Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Taft was Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War and was then nominated into Presidency from 1909- 1913 as a Republican. About 10 years after his presidency Taft served as Chief Justice of the nation for nine years. Taft died on March 8, 1930 at the age of 72.
Following Theodore Roosevelt in office would be a hard job to take on because he set very high standards. He had some experience in a leadership roll from being a judge and being he Secretary of War for Roosevelt. He seemed to take no initiative while in office and did not seem to accomplish many things. Roosevelt had seen something in him that apparently was not shown during his presidency, for he does not accomplish much if anything for the nation.
Taft played a huge part in "Trust Busting" during his one term in office. He busted over 90 trusts and monopolies during that time. Taft also supported the idea of dollar diplomacy which said that America should further its aims to parts of Asia and Latin America through economy and invest. He did also support the 16th amendment of having an income tax. He also wanted to strengthen the Interstate Commerce Commission. One big thing that anger Teddy Roosevelt very much was that Taft's secretary sold acres of coal-rich land that was said to be conserved under TR. Taft was not very organized because he didn't really have a plan for what he wanted to accomplish.
William Howard Taft was not very well liked by the people and he didn't enjoy speaking very much, though he still had some supporters. He did not provide many reforms or changes to the nation and showed no initiative in wanting to make things better. He was not admired by the people because he seemed to not be doing much to benefit them. Almost everything about him was the opposite from Roosevelt so that means right there, that he didn't have too many likable qualities.
Taft was most known or most remembered for his "Trust Busting", because that is what he spent most of his time doing. He wanted to invest in foreign lands to benefit the economy but he did not accomplish much with that. There were not many other contributions that Taft brought to the nation.
The Presidents: Number 27: William Howard Taft
Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson earned his PhD in political science. He worked as both a scholar and a professor and was the president of Princeton University from 1902-1910. Following this, he became the Governor of New Jersey for for about two years. Then, Wilson was elected the 28th President of the United States as a Democrat for 2 terms. He is arguably one of the most intelligent presidents of all time and pushed for many reforms during his terms in office. Wilson died at the age of 67 on February 3, 1924 and is in the Washington National Cathedral.
Wilson was a past university President and Governor so that brought him good leadership qualities. The nation did believe in him because he had a lot in his plan that he wanted to get done and the people supported him as him did that and followed his lead. He seemed to bring new energy and new ideas following Taft and many favored his ideas and changes known as "Wilson's New Freedom".
Woodrow Wilson accomplished many things in just his 1st term in office. He reduced tariffs, which was then aimed at aiding big businesses. He created the Federal Reserve Act, which created a strong central bank institution to keep the money organized. He also made Anti-Trusts acts such as for injury compensation. He passed the 17th amendment which was direct election of senators, the 18th amendment which was prohibition, and the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. He thought that they need to have friends that were foreign countries, however he put troops in Mexican land because he did not agree with their way of doing things. He set all of these goals when he go into office and worked hard at accomplishing them all very quickly.
Woodrow Wilson was very well liked by the people because he was working hard and accomplishing a lot. The saying, "He kept us out of war," was said very often about him because he did not believe it was best for the nation. The public was very proud of the changes, especially women for now getting the right to vote. He was an overall pretty professional person because he had good intentions with good plans as well.
Overall, some of Wilson's main contributions would have to be the Federal Reserve Act and the Anti-Trusts Acts. Also the passing of 3 amendments during his presidency, included women's suffrage! He left a very good impact on the nation because he accomplished a lot, started an organized bank and was a successful progressive president, being elected 2 terms in a row.
President Woodrow Wilson Biography