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Theodore Roosevelt: An Intimate Biography
by William Roscoe Thayer
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1919. A biography of the 26th President written by Thayer who had known, and corresponded, with Roosevelt over a forty-year period. Contents: Origins and Youth; Breaking into Politics; At the First Crossroads; Nature the Healer; Back to the East and Literature; Applying Morals to Politics; The Rough Rider; Governor of New York-Vice President; President; The World Which Roosevelt Confronted; Roosevelt's Foreign Policy; The Great Crusade at Home; The Two Roosevelts; The President and the Kaiser; Roosevelt and Congress; The Square Deal in Action; Roosevelt at Home; Hits and Misses; Choosing His Successor; World Honors; Which Was the Republican Party?; The Two Conventions; The Brazilian Ordeal; Prometheus Bound; and Prometheus Unbound. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
A stirring and heroic biography of one of our greatest presidents.
Excerpted from Theodore Roosevelt; An Intimate Biography [E-BOOK: MICROSOFT READER] by William Roscoe Thayer. Copyright © 2000. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
When Roosevelt returned to Washington in March, 1897, to take up his duties as a subordinate officer in the National Government, he was thirty-eight years old; a man in the prime of life, with the strength of an ox, but quick in movement, and tough in endurance. A rapid thinker, his intellect seemed as impervious to fatigue as was his energy. Along with this physical and intellectual make up went courage of both kinds, passion for justice, and a buoying sense of obligation towards his fellows and the State. His career thus far had prepared him for the highest service. Born and brought up amid what our society classifiers, with their sure democratic instincts, loved to call the "aristocratic" circle in New York, his three years in the Assembly at Albany introduced him to the motley group of Representatives of high and low, bank presidents and farmers, blacklegs and philanthropists, who gathered there to make the laws for New York State. There he displayed the preference, characteristic of him through life, of choosing his intimates irrespective of their occupation or social label. Then he went out on the Plains and learned to live with wild men, for whom the artificial distinctions of civilization had no meaning. He adapted himself to a primeval standard in which courage and a rough sense of honor were the chief virtues.
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