The Career, Persona, and Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt Essay

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Theodore Roosevelt was one of the most influential people in the early 20th century. His leadership style, his reforms, and his personality shaped an America that was rapidly becoming a world power. Theodore Roosevelt is admirably remembered for his energetic persona, his range of interests and achievements, his leadership of the Progressive Movement, his model of masculinity and his “cowboy” image (). He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive Party of 1912 (). Before becoming President, he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government (). Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held …show more content…
Early in life, Roosevelt also developed a fondness for natural science, which lasted his entire life. His intention when entering Harvard University was to become a natural scientist (). However, throughout college Roosevelt had several life changing experiences. Roosevelt’s father, the man who he greatly respected and loved, died in 1878. Secondly, he met Alice Lee, who became his first wife in 1880 (). In 1881, at 23 years of age Roosevelt was elected into the New York State Legislature. He gradually gained great respect, and became well known for his opposition to corrupt politics. In 1884, he introduced the Reform Charter Bill to the New York State Assembly. This bill concentrated the power of the New York City government into the hands of the mayor instead of the many council members who commonly abuse their power. The bill became known as the Roosevelt Bill and was soon passed, making headlines in the New York World: “Roosevelt on a Rampage: Whacking the Heads off Republican Office-Holders in This City”, the New York Sun: “Mr. Roosevelt’s Hard Hits: Making a Lively Onslaught on New York’s Aldermen”, and the New York Herald: “Tammany Defeated: Mr. Roosevelt’s Brilliant Assault On Corruption” (). In spite of Roosevelt’s success tragedy struck. In 1884, Roosevelt’s wife Alice died from Bright’s disease, leaving their newborn daughter Alice, named after her

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