Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
by Tami Cox
"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing."
A Theodore Roosevelt Biography
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was born in New York City to Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha Bulloch on October 17th, 1858. Roosevelt was not too fond of law school as a young man, so he joined the New York State Assembly as their youngest member. He also joined the US Navy at a young age. Later on, Roosevelt became the governor of New York and eventually was selected by President McKinley as his vice president. When McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt assumed office at a very young age of 42 as the 26th president. During his presidency, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his actions in the Russo-Japanese War. Roosevelt died in his home state on January 6th, 1919.
Roosevelt's Notable Accomplishments
- Greatly improved the navy
- Established the Department of Commerce and Labor
- Gave Cuba back to the people
- Kept the trading door open with China
- Brought settlement to the Russo-Japanese War
Roosevelt's Progressive Policy
A Political Philosophy to Remember
When Roosevelt was sworn in after McKinley was assassinated, he brought great energy into the position. He was a progressive candidate believed in the Square Deal. He believed in equality in all social aspects such as religion, women's rights, and race. He was an environmentalist and created some national parks.
Roosevelt and Imperialism
Roosevelt was very imperialistic, as he agreed with Rudyard Kipling's poem, named "The White Man's Burden". Throughout his presidency, he went after territories and ports all across the world.
The Big Stick Diplomacy
The Big Stick Diplomacy refers to peacefully negotiating with other countries while showing military might. This policy was a big part of Roosevelt's foreign policy. The policy's name derives from the West African quote, "speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far".
The Portsmouth Treaty
Formally ending the Russo-Japanese War, this treaty gave Japan control over Korea and South Manchuria. Additionally, Japan would only have control over Southern Sakhalin while Russia would take the northern half of the island. The US sided with the Japanese largely.
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