President Roosevelt: Steward of the People

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Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States and made a huge impact on the world. Not only was he the youngest President at age 42, but he was also a greatly respected war hero (Theodore Roosevelt). He was also the first US President to win the Nobel Peace Prize (Theodore Roosevelt - Biography). As President, Roosevelt looked at the role of President as a “steward of the people” (Theodore Roosevelt). Theodore Roosevelt was not only known to be the first modern President but also as a man who worked hard for the people of the United States, an international relationship builder, and the everyday type of person who people liked to be around (Roosevelt). Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27th, 1858 in New York, …show more content…

They became national heroes as a result of the well-exposed exploits in the battle of San Juan Hill (Roosevelt). Theodore’s popularity again made him an attractive political candidate. As a result, Tom Platt, a Republican Senator from New York, sponsored him for Governor (Roosevelt). His actions bothered the party's bosses so much that they planned to get rid of him by drafting him for the Republican Vice Presidential nomination in 1900 (Cooper). Elected with President McKinley, Theodore felt irritation with his powerless office until September 14th, 1901, when McKinley was shot by an assassin and died a week after of an infection, thereby making Theodore the President (Cooper; Roosevelt). Even though he was the youngest person ever to hold the office of chief executive, President Roosevelt was prepared for the role in a way that few others had been before (Cooper). Despite his concern, President Roosevelt managed to do enough in his first three years in office to construct a “platform for election in his own right” (Cooper). In 1902, President Roosevelt persuaded Republican conservatives into making the Bureau of Corporations with the power to look into businesses occupied in interstate trade but without regulatory powers. He pursued this policy of “trust-busting” by starting lawsuits against 43 other major businesses throughout the next seven years (Cooper). In 1902, President


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