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Mr. President

Theodore Roosevelt
Twenty-Sixth President, 1901–1909

“Speak softly
and carry a big stick.”
—West African proverb, often quoted by Roosevelt.

Dynamic Leader:
William Howard Taft described Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt as "the most commanding, original, and brilliant personality in American public life since Lincoln." He was a famous war hero for leading the Rough Rider Regiment during the Spanish-American War. The first American to win a Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese War, Roosevelt made government a more active force in American life. After leaving office, this avid outdoorsman and conservationist hunted for animal and plant specimens for the Smithsonian Institution.

Portrait by Adrian Lamb , 1967, after the 1908 oil by Philip Alexius de Laszlo . NPG.68.28 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Wednesday, October 27, 1858
Date of Death: Monday, January 6, 1919
Vice President: Charles W. Fairbanks
First Lady: Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

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