Theodore Roosevelt

The Conservationist President

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"It is also vandalism wantonly to destroy or to permit the destruction of what is beautiful in nature, whether it be a cliff, a forest, or a species of mammal or bird. Here in the United States we turn our rivers and streams into sewers and dumping-grounds, we pollute the air, we destroy forests, and exterminate fishes, birds and mammals -- not to speak of vulgarizing charming landscapes with hideous advertisements. But at last it looks as if our people were awakening."

Quick Biography

Theodore Roosevelt

Born: October 27, 1858 in New York

Death: January 6, 1919 in Oyster Bay, New York

Education: Columbia Law School and Harvard College

Legacy: Environmental Activist, Trust-buster, governor, military leader, and U.S President(1901-1909.)

Founded the Progressive Party (Bull Moose Party) advocated for government control and woman suffrage.

As President, he thought it was important to keep land and water free from pollution. He advocated for new laws to project forests, rivers, and other natural resources.

Theodore Roosevelt's Timeline with nature

Roosevelt's childhood was devoted to studying animals and learning taxidermy.

He donated some of his specimens to the American Museum of Natural History.

In 1883, after hearing reports about the buffalo disappearing, 24-year-old Roosevelt headed west. He went home not only with a hunting trophy, but with an understanding of what was at stake in the debate about the future of nature in America.

In 1903, he boarded a train headed west as a national hero and the youngest president in United States history with a new view for conservation. He helped establish 230 million acres of public land during his presidency.150 million acres are used as National Parks. President Truman established the Theodore Roosevelt National Memorial Park on April 25, 1947, the only National Memorial Park ever established at the time.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park