The Legacy Of President Theodore Roosevelt

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Of our 45 presidents, Theodore Roosevelt is not one that will be easily forgotten. During his time, his accomplishments wrought a change in the United States, and are still impacting us today, even long after his death. Among his many notable feats, many consider his conservation efforts specifically to be his legacy. He had a love and passion for nature, and he even became a permanent fixture of nature when his face was carved into a wall of rock, as one of the four presidents of Mount Rushmore. During the 1900s, “conservation” was not a word often thrown around in conversation. Today however, conflicts such as limited resources, conservation, climate change, and environment are words that have been on everyone’s lips at one point or…show more content…
Before he took up any important roles such as governor or president, he still managed to make an impact on conservation. Even his hobbies were influential; his love of hunting wild animals resulted in many valuable contributions to natural history museums. Roosevelt jumped from occupation to occupation as he aged, gradually gaining positions of higher influence. One such occupation was a soldier of the Spanish-american war, and feats and bravery in the war are what led him to become governor of New York in 1898 upon his return. Now that he had higher status, Roosevelt was able to make bigger impacts upon the conservation movement. He formed the Boone and Crockett Club in the 1890’s. The club was comprised mainly of hunters and conservationists. Hunters see and understand firsthand the effects of overhunting. The club worked on protecting national parks, and expanding and creating wildlife refuges and reserves, as well as raising funds for conservation. It was during this time that Theodore Roosevelt met Gifford Pinchot, who was involved in the U.S. department of agriculture and was also a member of the Boone and Crockett Club. Roosevelt liked to surround himself with likeminded men who he believed could and wanted to make a difference in terms of resource management and conservation. Teddy approved of Pinchot’s dedication, and their friendship remained strong throughout Roosevelt’s time as governor and president. Pinchot
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