The Legacy Of Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858, and grew up in New York City, the second of four children. His father, Theodore, Sr., was a well-to-do businessman and philanthropist. His mother, Martha “Mittie” Roosevelt, was a Southerner, raised on a plantation in Georgia. At Harvard, Teddy studied natural science but soon developed an interest in politics. After he graduated from Harvard in 1880, he decided to go to Columbia Law School to study law. After just a short year he dropped out of law school to further his career in politics. A double tragedy struck Roosevelt in 1884. On February 12th, his wife gave birth to a daughter. Two days after Teddy’s daughter was born, his mother died of typhoid fever and his wife died of kidney disease…show more content…
Teddy has more than double the amount of electoral votes than Alton B. Parker and a close race in the popular vote with Teddy hardly scraping by in the election of 1904. Teddy brought the White House a new idea that the president should be in control over all others. He also believed that Congress should only be making decisions that the people wanted and anything that could be taken as selfish or not correct in his eyes was wrong and would not be tolerated. The population of the United States had almost doubled from 1870 to 1900 as immigrants came to U.S. cities to work in the country 's burgeoning factories. As the United States became increasingly urban and industrial, it acquired many of the attributes common to industrial nations—overcrowded cities, poor working conditions, great economic disparity, and the political dominance of big business. Russia and Japan had endured several years of disputes over control of Manchuria. The Russians had entered the region during the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95 and, along with Germany and France, was a part of the “Triple Intervention” that forced Japan to give up its demands for ports in South Manchuria and the Liaodong Peninsula in the wake of its victory in China. Teddy thought that the President had the right to use any and all powers unless they were specifically denied to him. He believed that as President, he had a unique relationship with and responsibility to the people, and therefore
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