Theodore Roosevelt : The President Of The United States Under The Republican Party

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With the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, Theodore Roosevelt “Teddy” became the 26th president of the United States under the Republican Party. At age 42, he was the youngest president in the Nation 's history. He brought new excitement to the Presidency. For example, Roosevelt was a lover of animals and wildlife and had more than 40 pets while in the White House. His daughter had a snake and his sons rode their pony on the elevators. Roosevelt was the first president to speak out on conservation. The conservation legacy of Roosevelt is found in the 230 million acres of public lands he helped establish for national parks and national forests. He created 5 national parks, 18 national monuments, and 51 wildlife refuges. Even as a child, Roosevelt had a passion for the natural sciences. He hunted and was a taxidermist. He kept journals that included, size, sex, place, date collected, habits, and even stomach contents of the animals he collected. His passion remained constant in his life through college where he planned to study to become a scientist at Harvard University. In 1887, Roosevelt and George Grinnell, editor of "Forest and Stream" magazine founded the Boone and Crockett Club. In this magazine, Grinnell called for scientific forest management, clean water, and restricted use of natural resources-ideas considered quite radical by most Americans. (PBS, 2015) Under Roosevelt and Grinnell, the Boone and Crockett Club supported these concepts, not only
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