This exhibition provides unique insight into various aspects of American history and culture. Objects displayed are organized according to the three categories that Thomas Jefferson used for his library: memory, reason, and imagination. The exhibition presents a number of items related to Theodore Roosevelt, including letters and Roosevelt’s pocket diary.
In this special presentation are more than forty items including photographs, manuscripts, campaign posters, letters, broadsides, and inaugural speeches, including items from Roosevelt's 1905 inauguration.
Search PPOC using the subject heading "Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919" to find digital images related to Roosevelt such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search all text fields in PPOC using the phrase "Theodore Roosevelt" to locate additional images.
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the presidential election of 1904, including photographs, political cartoons, broadsides, newspaper articles, and sheet music.
On February 3, 1880, Theodore Roosevelt reported in his diary: Snowing heavily, but I drove over in my sleigh to Chestnut Hill, the horse plunging to his belly in the great drifts, and the wind cutting my face like a knife. My sweet life was just as lovable and pretty as ever; it seems hardly possible that I can kiss her and hold her in my arms; she is so pure and so innocent, and so very, very pretty. I have never done anything to deserve such good fortune.
On Tuesday, May 12, 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt paid an official visit to San Francisco. Cameraman H. J. Miles captured the president’s arrival parade on film and later released the footage as The President’s Carriage.
On the evening of June 22, 1912, former President Theodore Roosevelt asked his supporters to leave the floor of the Republican National Convention in Chicago. Republican progressives reconvened in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and endorsed the formation of a national progressive party. When formally launched later that summer, the new Progressive Party chose Roosevelt as its presidential nominee. Questioned by reporters, Roosevelt said he felt as strong as a “bull moose.” Thenceforth known as the “Bull Moose Party,” the Progressives promised to increase federal regulation and protect the welfare of ordinary people.
On July 1, 1898, Theodore Roosevelt and his volunteer cavalry, the Rough Riders, stormed Kettle Hill, then joined in the capture of the San Juan Hill complex. Thus they helped to secure a U.S. victory in the Battle of Santiago, the decisive battle of the short-lived Spanish-American War. Two days after the battle, the Spanish fleet fled the harbor at Santiago, effectively surrendering control of Cuba. The first U.S. Marines had landed on the island on June 10.
On September 6, 1901, President William McKinley was shot twice in the stomach while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. Leon Czolgosz, a Polish citizen associated with the Anarchist movement, fired at McKinley who was greeting the public in a receiving line.McKinley died September 14, whispering the words of his favorite hymn, “Nearer my God to Thee, Nearer to Thee.” He was succeeded by his vice president, Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt was a favorite subject of political cartoonists, due in large part to his outsize personality, his exploits as one of the leaders of the Rough Riders and, of course, his career as president. Roosevelt's biography as told through these political cartoons forms the basis of "Bully!: The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt" by Rick Marschall.
Edmund Morris was an advertising copywriter in London before emigrating to the United States in 1968, and he has also written extensively on travel and the arts. His biography, "The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt," won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award in 1980. The second volume of his Roosevelt biography, "Theodore Rex," won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography.