Theodore Roosevelt Essay

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Theodore Roosevelt is said to be one of the best president of the United States because of his efforts made in 1904 to 1909 during his full term of being president. He help the country a lot while being president, Theodore was a commander of the first U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in the Spanish-American War, the youngest member of the New York assemble at the age of 23, the president of New York City Police Board from 1895- 1897, assistant secretary of the Navy, governor of New York, and Vice President of the U.S. With this background, Roosevelt became the youngest President in the Nation’s history at the age of forty-two. Theodore brought new excitement and power to the Presidency, as ...view middle of the document...

Alice died on February 14, 1884 on their fourth anniversary from Bright’s disease. When Roosevelt was twenty-eight he remarried Edith Kermit Carow, twenty-five, on December 2, 1886 at Saint George’s Church in London. They grew up together because they lived next door to each other. Since Theodore went off to Harvard and met Alice, they drifted apart. Him and Edith ran into each other at his sister’s house and began seeing each other again. He proposed on November and they were soon married. Theodore Roosevelt served in the military as a member of the New York national guard during 1882-1885, rising from second lieutenant to captain. He was the commander of the first U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, better known as the Rough Riders. In the Spanish-American War, he rose from lieutenant colonel to colonel. At San Juan on July 1, Roosevelt and his Rough Riders distinguished themselves and shocked the nation in a valiant charge up Kettle Hill.During the assault, Colonel Roosevelt was the first to reach the trenches in his part of the line and killed one of the enemy with his own hand. (Morris 262-263)
Teddy Roosevelt’s career before his Presidency was full of important jobs that made differences in our country that helped to make him a strong President who made smart decisions. As the New York State Assemblyman from 1882-1884, he was the youngest member of the assembly when he took his seat in Albany in January 1882. Teddy earned the nickname Cyclone Assemblyman because of his energy and persistent struggle against machine politics. Roosevelt sponsored the civil service reform act and secured passage of a billing reforming the method of electing alderman. In 1883 he served as a minority leader but was defeated for speaker. As a New York delegate to the Republican national convention in 1884, Roosevelt supported Senator George F. Edmunds of Vermont for President and trying to prevent the nomination of James G. Blaine of Maine. From June 1884 to October 1886, Teddy worked as a cattle rancher in the Dakota Territory and was a deputy sheriff of Billings County. He ran for Mayor of New York in November of 1886 and was defeated by Abram S. Hewitt. Writing became his main concentration and he campaigned in the Midwest for Benjamin Harrison for president. From 1889 to 1895 Roosevelt was a Member of U.S. Civil Service Commission and was appointed commissioner by President Benjamin Harrison at a salary of three thousand, five hundred dollars a year.
During his term the number of jobs to come under civil service classification more than doubled. As president of New York City Police Board from 1895 to 1897 he rooted out corruption in the Police Department, which he described as “utterly demoralized”(Degregorio 379). A campaign that won him attention as far away as Europe, he enforced the Sunday Excise Law, banning the sale of alcohol on the Sabbath. Theodore closed saloons in the city and fined proprietors. He defended his actions with “I do...

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