Once he won that election—overwhelmingly defeating the Democratic contender Alton B.
By the reform upheaval was too strong to be contained within state boundaries. Moreover, certain problems with which only the federal government was apparently competent to deal cried out for solution. McKinley might have succeeded in ignoring the… Once he won that election—overwhelmingly defeating the Democratic contender Alton B.
Parker by to electoral votes—Roosevelt put teeth into his Square Deal programs. He pushed Congress to grant powers to the Interstate Commerce Commission to regulate interstate railroad rates. Also inRoosevelt pressed Congress to pass the Pure Food and Drug and Meat Inspection actswhich created agencies to assure protection to consumers.
American presidential election, Results of the American presidential election, Sources: At his urging, Congress created the Forest Service to manage government-owned forest reserves, and he appointed a fellow conservationist, Gifford Pinchotto head the agency.
Simultaneously, Roosevelt exercised existing presidential authority to designate public lands as national forests in order to make them off-limits to commercial exploitation of lumber, minerals, and waterpower. Roosevelt set aside almost five times as much land as all of his predecessors combined, million acres Theodore Roosevelt photographed in Colorado in Library of Congress, Washington, D.
Every year he asked for bigger appropriations for the army and navy.
Congress cut back on his requests, but by the end of his presidency he had built the U. Navy into a major force at sea and reorganized the army along efficient, modern lines. To meet such threats, he framed a policy statement in that became known as the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
It stated that the United States would not only bar outside intervention in Latin American affairs but would also police the area and guarantee that countries there met their international obligations. Construction began at once on the Panama Canalwhich Roosevelt visited inthe first president to leave the country while in office.
He considered the construction of the canal, a symbol of the triumph of American determination and technological know-how, his greatest accomplishment as president.
Roosevelt showed the soft-spoken, sophisticated side of his diplomacy in dealing with major powers outside the Western Hemisphere. In Asia he was alarmed by Russian expansionism and by rising Japanese power.
In —05 he worked to end the Russo-Japanese War by bringing both nations to the Portsmouth Peace Conference and mediating between them. More than just to bring peace, Roosevelt wanted to construct a balance of power in Asia that might uphold U.
Contrary to his bellicose image, Roosevelt privately came to favour withdrawal from the Philippines, judging it to be militarily indefensible, and he renounced any hopes of exerting major power in Asia. He saw British and U. In secret instructions to the U.
Especially after a financial panic inhis already strained relations with Republican conservatives in Congress degenerated into a spiteful stalemate that blocked any further domestic reforms. Roosevelt also moved precipitously and high-handedly to punish a regiment of some African American soldiers, some of whom had allegedly engaged in a riot in BrownsvilleTexas, in which a man was shot and killed.
Although no one was ever indicted and a trial was never held, Roosevelt assumed all were guilty and issued a dishonourable discharge to every member of the group, depriving them of all benefits; many of the soldiers were close to retirement and several held the Medal of Honor.
On his return he became ineluctably drawn into politics. For a while, he tried not to take sides between progressive Republicans who supported his policies and those backing President William Howard Taft.
Both policy differences and personal animosity eventually impelled Roosevelt to run against Taft for the Republican nomination in Roosevelt spoke both from conviction and in hopes of attracting votes from reform-minded Democrats.
Roosevelt had been shot in the chest by a fanatic while campaigning in Wisconsinbut he quickly recovered. I might have won. Public Domain Since the Progressive Party had managed to elect few candidates to office, Roosevelt knew that it was doomed, and he kept it alive only to bargain for his return to the Republicans.
In the meantime, he wrote his autobiography and went on an expedition into the Brazilian jungle, where he contracted a near-fatal illness. When World War I broke out inhe became a fierce partisan of the Allied cause. Although he had some slight hope for the Republican nomination, he was ready to support almost any candidate who opposed Wilson; he abandoned the Progressives to support the Republican candidate, Charles Evans Hugheswho lost by a narrow margin.
After the United States entered the war his anger at Wilson boiled over when his offer to lead a division to France was rejected.The National Book Award–winning biography that tells the story of how young Teddy Roosevelt transformed himself from a sickly boy into the vigorous man who would become a war hero and ultimately president of the United States, told by master historian David McCullough.
With the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the 26th and youngest President in the Nation’s history (). President Theodore Roosevelt resources biography, speeches, photographs, and other information about Teddy Roosevelt.
TTheodore Roosevelt, nicknamed “Teddy”, was born on October 27, in New York City into a family of prominence.
His parents, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha “Mittie” Bullock were of Dutch origins. With the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the 26th and youngest President in the Nation’s history ().
He brought new excitement and. Theodore Roosevelt () served as America's 26th president. He was known as a trust buster and progressive politician. His fascinating life included serving as a .