Debates go back and forth about the greatness of the republican party. But history does not lie. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, Dwight Eisenhower was a republican, and so was Theodore Roosevelt, a man known for courage and valor. He overcame illnesses as a child to become a war hero in the Spanish-American War and reflect republican values in his term.
Before the Spanish-American War, he was Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley. He resigned that post to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War. The Rough Riders are best remembered for their charge up San Juan Hill on July 1, 1898. Roosevelt and his Rough Riders were a colorful group of characters. His strength and perseverance are republican values we celebrate in July for his bravery and leadership on July 1, 1898.
During the war, the Rough Riders received the most publicity of any unit in the army. A few days after the Rough Riders’ charged up San Juan Hill, the Spanish fleet fled Cuba. After that, it was just a matter of weeks before the war was over and the U.S was victorious. The Rough Riders also made headlines for their role in the battle back in the states, which become even more of a legend thanks to Roosevelt’s writing ability and reenactments filmed long after.
As detailed above, Theodore Roosevelt returned to Washington a war hero and was elected governor of New York in 1898. After the death of Vice-President Garret Hobart, the New York state party leadership convinced McKinley to accept Roosevelt as his running mate in the 1900 election.
Contrary to popular belief, John F. Kennedy was not our youngest president. In fact it was Theodore Roosevelt. Shortly after Theodore Roosevelt became vice-president, William McKinley was assassinated. Roosevelt became president in 1901 at the age of 42 and was elected to a second term in 1904.
Theodore Roosevelt was best known for his establishment of the National Park System. Today, there are 58 national parks in the US that millions of Americans visit each year. Fortunately for American citizens, it is easy to visit one of these beautify areas. The Annual Park Passes are honored nationwide at all the National parks and federal recreation lands. The money from these passes goes directly to pay for the protection and care of these lands and the salaries for employees who work to keep the land and animals within these parks safe. You can buy these passes online or at any one of the National Parks or Federal Recreation areas.
Theodore Roosevelt may have been best known for the National Parks’ system. However, it was his successful efforts to end the Russo-Japanese War that won him the Nobel prize in 1906.
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President Roosevelt grew up with money although he was a modest man about his financial background. He was generous and valued experiences of adventure. After leaving the office, Roosevelt decided to take on a South American trip near the Amazon basin. He led a 2-year expedition of the Rio De Duvida with a Brazilian explorer, Candido Rondon. President Roosevelt contracted an illness while there and nearly died. He did pull through because of his grit and spirit.
President Roosevelt was critical of President Wilson’s reluctance to join the war against the Germans in WWI. Roosevelt was brave, and a warrior for truth and justice and known for being on the right side of a battle.
Theodore Roosevelt did not mince words. He stood up for liberty, tried to end wars, was not afraid of battle, and welcomed the beauty of this great land. These are the republican values to be proud of and why we should be proud that Theodore Roosevelt was a republican and our 26th president of the United States of America.