Progressive Presidents

Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson

Theodore Roosevelt

Teddy Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in Manhattan, New York. He was born with asthma. He was always into cowboys and being rough. He became president in 1901 and stayed in office until 1909. During his presidency he tried to conserve the environment and wildlife. He is the reason we have the "teddy bear". Teddy died on January 6, 1919 in Cove Neck, New York because he had cardiovascular disease.

Report Card

Leadership A

People got behind Roosevelt because people felt he was a good president. He took care of the environment. He also was a war hero and was much like Andrew Jackson. He met with the press all the time to give them updates on what was going on because he didn't want the citizens to worry or feel as if he was part of the corruption.

Organization A

Roosevelt tried to regulate businesses and became known as a "trust buster" because he broke up monopolies and started the "square deal" which was a policy to regulate businesses and help out the workers and consumers. He passed acts to check food distributing places to make sure the food was handled properly. He also added to the Monroe Doctrine saying America would intervene with foreign affairs as a last resort. He also helped build the Panama Canal to help trade with Latin America.

Professionalism B

He was serious and took a lot of vacations to places with a lot of wildlife. While Teddy was away on a vacation, Taft went behind his back and sold acres of coal rich land to JP Morgan. Teddy walked away from Taft afterwards because he didn't want to be associated with him anymore.

Contributions A

He gave us the teddy bear. He also helped regulate the work environment and the way food was processed and packaged. He also helped break up huge monopolies and trusts.

Theodore Roosevelt | 60-Second Presidents | PBS

William Howard Taft

William Howard Taft was born on September 15,1857 in Cincinnati Ohio. Taft was not smart as a child but he was a hard worker. He became president in 1909 and stayed in office until 1913. During his presidency he went totally against what Teddy Roosevelt did. However he did surpass Teddy Roosevelt with trust busting. Taft died on March 8, 1930 in Washington DC because like Teddy, he had cardiovascular disease.

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Leadership C

Taft was not a very good leader because he sold a lot of land to JP Morgan that had a lot of coal in it. He lowered tariffs however the Republican Party persuaded him to go back and revise the tariffs.

Organization B

Taft tried to influence other areas such as South and Central America, the Caribbean, and the east with his Dollar Diplomacy. He promoted the sale of military artillery and industrial goods overseas. He tried to help other countries with their governments and economy. Taft did not like wars so he was nicknamed "Peaceful Bill".

Professionalism B

Taft was easily influenced by his party. He tried to make his party happy and tried to stay out of wars. He tried to help out other nations but that did not always go well. He did things behind the public's back such as selling coal rich land in Alaska to JP Morgan.

Contributions B

Taft did help lower tariffs for America and tried to help other countries. He busted up major trusts which helped the poor and working classes.

Presidential Minute With William Howard Taft - 90sec

Woodrow Wilson

Wilson was born in December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia. He was one of the smartest presidents America ever had. He became president in 1913 and stayed in office until 1921. He tried to stay neutral during WWI. He also passed 3 amendments while in office. He passed the 17th 18th and 19th amendments. He died on February 3, 1924 in Washington DC because of a stroke.

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Leadership A

Wilson had great leadership because he was president during the first world war. He tried his best to remain neutral by trading with both England and Germany however he got word that Mexico was going to side with Germany and invade America so he jumped into the war. He also tried to help the workers by passing Anti-trust Acts dealing with better working conditions and injury compensation.

Organisation A

Wilson passed many bills during his presidency. He helped with the Anti-trust Acts and the Federal Reserve Acts which created a large central bank that the citizens of America could trust. He also reduced tariffs that were in favor of big businesses. He gave people the right to directly elect senators and he gave women the right to vote. He also passed the 18th Amendment which prohibited the buying, selling, and production of alcohol.

Professionalism B

Wilson played a role in the Mexican Revolution. He sent General Pershing with 40,000 troops down to Mexico to help them reform their government. Mexico's "Robin Hood" was Pancho Villa terrorizing the American troops along the border of Mexico. Wilson wanted Pershing to capture Pancho Villa however Pershing was unsuccessful in doing so.

Contributions A

Wilson was a major part of American history because he kept the United States out of WWI as long as he could and he passed 3 amendments. He also helped the working class by giving them injury compensation when they got hurt at work

Presidential Minute With Woodrow Wilson - 90sec