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Presidential Administrations, Theodore Roosevelt: Topics in Chronicling America

As the 26th U.S. President, Theodore Roosevelt enacted domestic and foreign policies. This guide provides access to material related to the "Roosevelt's Presidential Administration" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt. March 23, 1909. The Washington Times (Washington, DC), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

One of the most colorful personalities in the history of the presidency, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office on September 14, 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley. Roosevelt’s presidency tackled issues from conservation to trust busting to beginning construction on the Panama Canal. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


September 1901 "Speak Softly" speech.
September 14, 1901 Sworn in as President.
1902 Gets reputation as "trust buster" for dissolving monopolies.
November 3, 1903 Panama declared Republic.
June 29, 1906 Hepburn Act passes.
June 30, 1906 Pure Food Act passes.
December 10, 1906 Roosevelt wins Nobel Prize.
December 1907-February 1909 Sends out the great white fleet to demonstrate US Naval power.
March 1909 Once leaving office heads to Africa to hunt big game.
October 14, 1912 Roosevelt shot by attempted assasin.