Theodore Roosevelt

By Ryan Odom

Who is he?

"The Rough Rider". Roosevelt was a Rough Rider, a part of the calvary division of the American army who landed in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

What did he do?

Roosevelt used laws enacted by earlier presidents to take down corruption, such as the Interstate Commerce Act (1887) and the Sherman Anti-Trust Act (1890), both passed before Roosevelt was elected president. Although he did not create these acts, he enacted them and used them to take down corrupt politicians and businessmen and helped create and pass the 17th Amendment.

"No man is above the law and no man is below it: nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it."

Arch Nemesis

"Big Money", because Roosevelt fought against corruption and monopolies and wanted to bring down companies and corrupt organizations in America. Roosevelt and Phillips both fought to take down corrupt businesses. This helped to pass the 17th amendment.


"The Great God of Success" aka David Phillips. Phillips was a journalist who investigated corruption in businesses and organizations. He wrote "The Treason of the Senate" and "The Great God of Success". "The Treason of the Senate" attacked Rhode Island senator Nelson W. Aldrich, exposing corruption in the Senate. Phillips helped bring the passing of the 17th amendment to the US Constitution, which initiated a popular vote for all US senators.



David Graham Phillips. Wikipedia, 21 Feb. 2009. Web. 3 Mar. 2013. <>.