The Pros And Cons Of President William Roosevelt

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When running for a second term as president in 1900, William McKinley was in need of a vice president. Republican Party bosses of New York eagerly nominated their governor for the position so that the state Republican political machine could be reserved and because vice president was seen as a dead end job. After McKinley was elected, the hope was that the former New York governor, Theodore Roosevelt, could no longer affect the state of New York, or the nation as a whole. Mr. Roosevelt was an active man that believed in exercise and the outdoors. When McKinley was shot in September of 1901 Roosevelt had to be found in the mountains because he was in the middle of a hunting venture. Roosevelt was sworn in as the 26th president of the United …show more content…
The dramatic presidency was unforeseen and definitely unintentional. The hope of Roosevelt running vice to McKinley was that his ideas and ideals could be put to rest. When McKinley was assassinated, the opposite happened. One of the many ways he exercised his executive power in ways that none of his predecessors had was to preserve the land in America. In his effort to protect the land and resources from commercial development nearly 230 million acres of land were secured. This included 150 national forests, the first 55 wildlife refuges, 5 national parks, and the first 18 national monuments. In addition to this, Roosevelt was the first president to place regulations regarding food safety. In 1906 the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed, regulating food safety, drug labeling, and controls in manufacturing. Roosevelt also desired to change the way that the government worked with big businesses. Prior to his presidency, the government gave carte blanche the heads of the big businesses and industries to achieve whatever goals they had in mind. Roosevelt thought that the government should be able to regulate the affairs of businesses only to insure that the choices made by the businesses didn’t negatively affect the public. Roosevelt never actually challenged the status of the businesses, but before his time it was very rare for the president to mention the

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