The Progressive Presidents

A Comparison

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in New York. He was often known as TR, was an American statesman, author, explorer, solider, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States from September 14, 1901 and March 4, 1909. He was the leader of the Republican Party; he became a driving force form the Progressive Era. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously across the country, helping McKinley win re-election by a landslide on a platform of peace, prosperity, and conservation. Following the assassination of President McKinley in September 1901, Roosevelt, at the age of 42, became the youngest United States President in History. Theodore Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919 at the age of 60.

Roosevelt Leadership Report

Grade= B+


When Theodore Roosevelt was President, the nation believed and stood by the President. Most of the citizens loved Roosevelt, but some people didn't. There are specific events that happened that shows the nations belief in the President.


One event that happened that shows that some people don't believe in Roosevelt is a assassination attempt. The person that tried to assassinate was a saloonkeeper named John Flammang. John tried to assassinate Roosevelt because he knew that he was known that he was an opponent of sitting President's ability to seek a third term in office.


Another event that happened was a Coal Stike. This strike happened in May 1902, anthracite coal miners went on strike. They were threatening a national energy shortage, but then Roosevelt won their agreement to an arbitration of the dispute by a commission, which succeeded on ending the strike.


Now some events that people stood by was the Square Deal. Citizens liked the Square Deal because it was formed with three basic ideas: conservation of natural resources, control of corporations, and consumer protection. They liked the deal because it helped the middle class more than others. This deal helped businesses from the most extreme demands of organized labor.

Roosevelt Organization Report

Grade= A-


President Theodore Roosevelt was organized when he was in office. When he was President he passed many laws and deals to make the United States better. He passed a Square Deal, a Foreign Policy, and made the Panama Canal.


First. he passed a Square Deal. The Square Deal promised the average citizen fairness, breaking of trusts, regulation of railroads, and pure food and drugs. Roosevelt was making conservation his top priority, the he established myriad new national parks, forests, and monuments. The Square Deal was also intended to preserve the nation's natural resources.


Then Theodore Roosevelt started a foreign policy, and Roosevelt focused on Central America. Central American was the place that Roosevelt began building the Panama Canal. Roosevelt also extended that United States Navy, and sent the Great White Fleet on a world tour to project the United States' naval power. Then Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 because of his efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War.

Roosevelt Professionalism Report

Grade= B


Each President acted differently in office. A lot of moments President Roosevelt acted professional while he was in office, but he also had one incident that he was showing his anger side.


Some events that Roosevelt acted professional was about pure food and drugs. Roosevelt responded to public anger over the abuses in the food packing industry by pushing Congress to pass the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act. People did admire this president then and still now. President Roosevelt is one of the most know Presidents in the United States.


While Roosevelt was in office, Roosevelt made the White House the center of news everyday, providing interviews and photo opportunities. The media did target Roosevelt in one instant. A publication had accused Roosevelt of "deliberate misstatement of fact" in defense of family members who were criticized as a result of the Panama affair.

Roosevelt Contribution Report

Grade= B+


President Roosevelt left a huge impact on the our nation and history. Some things that he did to impact our history was turning his attention concerning Latin American turmoil, and that's when he planned on building a canal. The pursuit of an isthmus canal in Central America during that time focused on two routes: Nicaragua and Panama. Nicaragua and Panama at that time was a rebellious district within Columbia.


Then when World War I came, President Roosevelt strongly stood by the Allies, and Roosevelt demanded a harsher policy against Germany, especially regarding submarine warfare. During the war Roosevelt denounced the foreign policy of President Wilson. Roosevelt said it was a failure regarding the people in Belgium, and the violation of American rights. That is a reason why I made his grade for contribution a B+ instead of an A.


Another thing that Roosevelt did was passing the Square Deal. The Square Deal was the deal that gave opportunities for all citizens and emphasized the importance of fair government regulations of corporate "special interests". President Roosevelt was the first President to make conversation a national issue. This helped the United States help citizens about special interest.

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was born on September 15, 1857 in Cincinnati, Ohio. William was no seen as a brilliant kid, but he was a hard worker. He attended Yale College in New Haven, Connecticut. Before Taft was the President, William served as the Solicitor General of the United States and was a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In 1904 President Theodore Roosevelt appointed Taft Secretary of State in an effort to help Taft. Because of the popularity of Roosevelt, Taft had an easy win in his 1908 bid for presidency. After Taft left the office, Taft spent his time in academia, arbitration, and the pursuit of world peace through his self-founded League to Enforce Peace. William died on March 8, 1930 at the age of 72.

Taft's Leadership Report

Grade= B-


The nation believed in President Taft for the beginning of his election in 1908. As President Taft went further into his presidency, the former President Theodore Roosevelt was involved with Taft. It was about the political policy that Roosevelt left for Taft to take over when Roosevelt left the office.


The nation believed Taft at the beginning of his election for presidency because he was with Roosevelt who said that he thinks that he would be good on taking over the policy. Then during his term of being the president he had some public issues with Roosevelt on the war.

Taft Organization Report

Grade= B+


President Taft was able to get great deals on a couple of things. Taft Has accomplished the Dollar Diplomacy, Trust Busting, also social and government reforms.


In Taft's only term, Taft's domestic agenda emphasized trust-busting, civil service reform, strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commissions. These strengthening deals were based on improving the performances of the postal service, and it was the passage of the Sixteenth Amendment.


Then Taft thought to further the economic development of nations in Latin America and Asia the the "Dollar Diplomacy", and showed decisiveness and restraint in response to revolution in Mexico.

Taft Professionalism Report

Grade= B


President Taft acted calm for the most part while he was in office. The nation also admired Taft for most of the time. Some people didn't like Taft. Like last assassination attempt on Roosevelt, same happened to Taft. There was an Assassination attempt on Taft and the persons was not known. People noticed the person with a pistol not a couple of feet away, but they captured the person before he could do any harm to Taft.


While President Taft was in office, Taft had times when he was fine while he was in office. When Taft had speeches he was calm, and he didn't get anger like Roosevelt did.

Taft Contribution Report

Grade= B-


Many Presidents have left a huge impact on our nation and our history. Taft had some passed laws/ deals that has a big impact in the United States history. Some deals/ laws that he had was the Trust-Busting, the Dollar Diplomacy.


First, Trust-Busting had a big impact on history because it was a focused on improving the performance of the postal services. The trust was the lead until the Sixteenth Amendment. The Sixteenth Amendment was to create a federal income tax.


Then, further into Taft's term, Taft was thinking about furthering economic development of nations in Latin America and Asia. It was because of the Dollar Diplomacy. The Diplomacy showed decisiveness and restraint in response to revolution in Mexico. This task-oriented Taft's oblivious to the political ramifications of his decisions.

Woodrow Wilson

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. Wilson spent most of his early years in Augusta, Georgia, Columbia, and South Carolina. When Wilson got older he earned a PhD in political science, working as a professor and scholar at various institutions before being chosen as President of Princeton University, a position that he held from 1902-1910. Then the election of 1910, he was the gubernatorial candidate of New Jersey's Democratic Party, and was elected the 34th Governor of New Jersey, serving from 1911-1913. Then while running for presidency of 1912, there was a split in the Republican Party allowing his plurality, just over forty percent, to win him a large electoral college margin. Then when he won the presidency; Wilson was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Woodrow Wilson died on February 3, 1924 at the age of 67.

Wilson Leadership Report

Grade= B+


Most citizens in the United States like Presidents, but they also don't like the president. President Wilson knew that catching peoples eyes, so he though that he was going to say something in his speech like President Roosevelt did. President Wilson said "No one but the President, seems to be expected to look out for the general interest of the country."


Wilson grew national reputation and led some Democrats to agree to presidential timber. Then President Wilson was also a leader of the Progressive Movement to help the United States.

Wilson Organization Report

Grade= A-


President Wilson had great deals during his presidency. Some deals that he passed was the New Freedom, Suffrage's, and the Foreign Policy/ involvement. He has also passed an Adamson Act, a Revenue Act of 1913, Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and Federal Farm Loan Act.


President Wilson oversaw the policies were not connecting until the New Deal in 1933. It included the Federal Reserve Act, Federal Trade Commission Act, the Clayton Antitrust Act, and the Federal Farm Loan Act. A month after the Sixteenth Amendment came, Wilson called a session of Congress, whose work culminated in the Revenue Act of 1913. It reintroducing an income tax and lowering tariffs. Then the Adamson Act was on imposing 8-hour workdays for railroads. Then the Selected Service Act was on sending 10,000 freshly trained soldiers to France, per day, by summer in 1918.

Wilson Professionalism Report

Grade= A


Some President's act differently while they are still in office. President Wilson was like William Taft. Wilson had a hard time with popularity than his interaction with his speeches.


Wilson was involved with World War I, and he was trying to figure out how to end the war as quickly as possible because of the public. Wilson passed a lot of acts through the congress, and it helped the United States more than William Taft has done.

Wilson Contribution Report

Grade= A


Many Presidents have left a big impact on our nation and our history. Some presidents have left a good impact, and they also left a good impact in history. President Wilson was one of the Presidents that left a good impact in our nation and history.


Some things that President Wilson has done to our nations history is by reducing tariffs. Wilson had to talk to the Congress. This lead to the Underwood Act to pass Federal income tax. Then Wilson passed another act which is called the Federal Reserve Act. This act provided the Nation with the more money supply when it is badly needed.