Progressive Presidents Project

By: Troy Mullenberg, and Ian Olson

Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City on October 27th 1885. He went Harvard, and the Columbia Law School. In 1880 He got married to Alice Lee. 4 years later his wife and mother died, and he moved to the Dakota territory. When he returned he began terms in multiple political positions. He then took interest in the Spanish american war and led the rough riders in it. Then in 1901 he became president after President McKinley was shot.

After more political events, Roosevelt left a substantial mark on the country, but died on January 6th 1919 at age 60.

William Howard Taft

William Taft was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 15th 1857. He went to Yale college, and the university of Cincinnati college of Law. After graduating he quickly went into politics and became the secretary of war, attorney general, and a foreign ambassador. He then ran and won the vote to become the 27th president in 1908. After his term he then became the only president to be the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

He later died on March 8th 1930 at his home in Washington D.C.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28th 1856 in Stanton Virginia. He went to Davidson College, and then went to study law at the University of Virginia. He went into politics and became the governor of New Jersey. He then in 1913 ran and won the race for presidency. He was president during World War 1, but then 3 years after his leaving the presidential office, had a stroke at his home in Washington D.C.

Fun Facts

Roosevelt was the first president to fly. on October 11th 1910 he took a 4 minute flight in a plane made by the Write Brothers.

Taft used a cane made of 250,000 year old petrified wood.

Wilson was the first president to get a ph.D

Progressive Reforms

Thomas Roosevelt

Antiquities Act: Made it so the President could turn federal land into protected historical landmarks

Pure food and drug act: Prevents the sale, transport, and manufacturing of contaminated food and drug products

Hepburn Act: Used the Interstate Commerce Commission to regulate the maximum amount the railroads can charge to ship goods


William Taft

Publicity Act: Limited the amount of spending for political party's presidential campaigns, did not include the candidates contribution; however it was rarely enforced

The Mann-Elkins Act: placed the telephone, telegraph, radio, cable services, and other communications companies under the control of the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Underwood Act: Lowered the cost of the imports on raw materials.



Underwood Tariff Act: Reduced tariffs on lots of goods, however made the first income tax.

Federal Reserve Act:Made an independent board to regulate the banking industry procedures.

Clayton Antitrust Act: made laws that regulated monopolies and justified strikes.

Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914: allowed the government to closely inspect companies that were included in interstate commerce, like meat packers and railroads

Citizen's Political Oppinions

Analysis and Comparison

We believe that Wilson was the best Progressive President for many reasons. Firstly because he decided to pass the Federal Trade Commission Act, which finally ended the issue of trusts as a whole. It added new regulations to trade, and the production of goods. He then passed the Clayton Act which redefined monopolies, and supported labor unions by allowing peaceful picketing strikes. Roosevelt and Taft had passed laws to stop trusts, which were effective, but this one finished the main issue of the trusts.

Wilson also rebuilt the banking structure of the country with the federal reserve act. This changed the money structure so the government could regulate the currency, and regulated the banking industries practices.


"Theodore Roosevelt." A&E Networks Television, 2013. Web. 24 Jan. 2015.

"William Howard Taft." A&E Networks Television, 2013. Web. 25 Jan. 2015.

"Woodrow Wilson." A&E Networks Television, 2013. Web. 26 Jan. 2015.