Short Biography: Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt once stated, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” He certainly did just that during his life. One example of this is when Roosevelt resigned from the United States Navy and organized the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, also known as the Rough Riders, and led them into the Battle of San Juan Hill. Also, during his presidency, he became known as the Trust-Buster while also campaigning for an expansion of the power of the presidency. He also was a big conservationist, establishing the United States Forest Service and multiple national parks and forests. All in all, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt had a great influence on the presidency and contributed to important conservation efforts in the United States …show more content…
He had extensive knowledge of the naval fleet. He knew the location of all ninety ships in the fleet. He was also involved in the acquiring of ninety-seven merchant watercraft that were rebuilt to serve as transport ships, colliers, and auxiliary cruisers for the navy (Walker 57). Despite his success in the navy, in 1898, he resigned his position in the navy to organize the Rough Riders, which was the First United States Volunteer Cavalry in the Spanish-American War. He recruited a group of law enforcement officials, miners, cowboys, and Native Americans to be a part of his cavalry. The highest point of the Spanish-American War for the Rough Riders was the Battle of San Juan Hill. This was the bloodiest and by far the most famous battle of the war. This was evident by the thirty-seven percent casualty rate of the Rough Riders which is the highest of any American division during the war. The casualty reports for the battle ranged anywhere from six hundred sixty-five to one thousand seventy-one dead. Disease was also very prominent during the battle as for every battle casualty, disease killed one hundred thirty-four men. As a result of his bravery and contributions to the Spanish-American War, the Army nominated Roosevelt for a Medal of Honor which was not awarded until the year 2001 (Coppock “Rough Ride”). Although, within four months of the battle he was …show more content…
Roosevelt organized the First United States Volunteer Cavalry, also known as the Rough Riders, and led them into the Battle of San Juan Hill, campaigned for an expansion of the power of the presidency, and also established the United States Forest Service and multiple national parks and forests. He also became known as a conservationist and earned the nickname “Trust-Buster.” In conclusion, Roosevelt contributed to important conservation efforts in the United States and had an important influence on the presidency during his time in the White

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