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Theodore Roosevelt "Alpha Male"

Updated on August 29, 2012

26th President of the United States of America (1901-1909)

All Time Badass President

Roosevelt's life before his presidency was a showmanship of a true men of all men. Growing up with extreme asthma, severe nearsighted vision, and having a speech impediment this did not stop him from becoming the most toughest president in the world to date.

Let me start with a grocery list of positions he held before headed to the white house like a freight train.

• Cattle rancher

Deputy sheriff

An explorer

Police Commissioner

Assistant Secretary of the Navy

• Governor of New York

• A War hero

• Nobel Prize Winner

"BA" History about Mr. Teddy Bear

1889 - Roosevelt formed the first U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment known as the Rough Riders. During the Spanish-American War these Rough Riders lived up to their name. Before their charge towards San-Juan Hill they had to leave their horses behind so they made their charge entirely on foot.

1901 - At the age of 43 Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest president.

During his term Roosevelt received a letter from the Army Cavalrymen complaining about having to ride 25 miles a day for training. In response Teddy at the age of 51 accompanied the men by riding his horse 100 miles a day from sunset to sunrise.

1909 - After his second term Roosevelt went on an African safari.

1912 - He ran for President on a Progressive ticket. To reporters he once remarked that he felt as fit as a bull moose, the name of his new party.

During a campaign speech a crazed assailant attempted to assassinate Roosevelt with 32 caliber at short range. With bullet still lodged in his body, he continued his speech with blood stains on his clothes.

Manly Quotes of Men

"Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground."

The Groton School, Groton, MA, May 24, 1904

There can be no greater issue than that of conservation in this country."
Confession of Faith Speech, Progressive National Convention, Chicago, IL, August 6, 1912

"I have a perfect horror of words that are not backed up by deeds."
Oyster Bay, NY, July 7, 1915

"A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user."
An Autobiography, 1913

"The worst of all fears is the fear of living."

An Autobiography, 1913

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready."

San Francisco, CA, May 13, 1903

"This country will not be a permanently good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a reasonably good place for all of us to live in."

Chicago, IL, June 17, 1912

"Don't hit at all if you can help it; don't hit a man if you can possibly avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep."
New York City, February 17, 1899

"Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor."
Third Annual Message to Congress, December 7, 1903

"This country has nothing to fear from the crooked man who fails. We put him in jail. It is the crooked man who succeeds who is a threat to this country."
Memphis, TN, October 25, 1905

"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility."

Abilene, KS, May 2, 1903

Awesome Facts

• Roosevelt would stroll through the White House pack-en a pistol on him at all times, even though he was a black belt in jujitsu and a champion boxer.

• He won the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese War.

• Roosevelt had reserved over 200 million acres of land to the national forest.

• The term "teddy bear" came from a story when he went hunting his staff found him a bear to shoot. When Thoedore looked at the bear he realized it was old and injured stating "looked at the poor old bear and said "no!" No one would shoot this old bear for sport. That would not be right. However, the bear was injured and suffering. President Roosevelt ordered that the bear be put down to end its pain. Next morning an article was in the paper about the event which lead to a toy shop owner making the "teddy bear".

• He was the president with the most animals at the white house to date.

• Roosevelt ensured the construction of the Panama Canal.

Theodore Roosevelt Favorite Proverb

"Speak softly and carry a big stick. . . . "

His Death

While in the Amazon, Teddy Roosevelt caught tropical fever. On January 6, 1919, he died in his sleep in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

A politician had quoted when heard about his death -

"Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight."


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      7 years ago

      This wonderful hub is less about recalling than it is about remembering -- the same difference between looking and seeing. Thanks

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      8 years ago

      I love Teddy Roosevelt and this story was great! I always loved his quote "Speak softly and carry a big stick!" -- He was a man who had courage, respect, loyalty, determination, ambition and honor....and my favorite quality he was tenacious! His tenacity made him a tough ole bugger and I respect him even just for that. They do not make men like that anymore...

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      8 years ago from USA

      What a guy! And what an interesting article. Nicely done.

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      Terrye Toombs 

      8 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Before moving to North Dakota, I knew very little about Teddy. He had a great impact on the western part of the state and I have come to admire the man. Nicely written hub with lots of interesting facts. Voted up and more. :)

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      8 years ago

      Voted up!!

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      8 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Nice article cruelkindness.

      I knew he had done a lot about Forests. But I did not know this history about teddy bear name. The name for bear toy is popular now in India also, where I live, perhaps now it is all over world.

      I liked the last quote also ""Death had to take him sleeping, for if Roosevelt had been awake there would have been a fight."

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      Hubert Williams 

      8 years ago

      I elieve they are already in control.

    • cruelkindness profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from an angle view.

      Hubert Williams

      Thank you

      Only if my spell and grammar check had a date correction.

      Stupid computers. I'm glad they don't run the world..

      Or do they?

      Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)

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      Hubert Williams 

      8 years ago

      I loved this account of Teddy Roosevelt. Bully, just bully! If I may suggest, though, that you correct the date of forming the Rough Riders from 1989 to 1889. In 1989 he had been dead for 70 years.

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      Michele Travis 

      8 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Very good hub. Too bad politicians act like spoiled brats these days.

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      8 years ago from Here Taking Over

      I did not this about Mr. Teddy, I think he might be my new favorite president.

      I guess they just don't make them like they use too.

      Great Hub!

      HandGun (GunFireRed)

    • picklesandrufus profile image


      8 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Very interesting hub. Most of these facts I didn't know, but do remember well the land he set aside for conservation. Nice work.

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      8 years ago

      Very awesome. Voted up . I never knew most of the stuff here.

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      Old Poolman 

      8 years ago

      What a great hub, full of information I didn't know. It would be great if we could have him back now. He sure did know how to get things done.

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      GH Price 

      8 years ago from North Florida

      This guy was truly awesome. I sometimes wonder if they even make them like him anymore! Great hub!

    • cruelkindness profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from an angle view.

      Thanks you


      I agree, he did what he thought was best no matter what.

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great hub about one of my favorite politicians of all time...of course, it's a short list but still, he was a great character.


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