Theodore Roosevelt was the most active and energetic president the United States had ever seen. As well as being the most loved and popular president, Roosevelt loved being president. In 1901, Roosevelt became the nation’s youngest president. During Roosevelt’s presidency, he was able to accumulate many great accomplishments with few failures and gain the support and respect of many Americans.
After spending some time in the Dakota’s after his mother and wife’s deaths, Roosevelt decided to return to New York where he earned city commission jobs. In these jobs he started to gain attention from many Republican leaders. In 1898, President McKinley appointed Roosevelt as the Assistant Secretary ...view middle of the document...
Finally, as President between the years 1901-1909, Roosevelt had accomplished many great tasks. Roosevelt wanted progressivism and with it he decided to stop monopolies and became known as the trust buster. Roosevelt passed the Sherman Anti-trust Act which stopped big businesses; such as Rockefeller and his oil company from having monopolies.
During his presidency, Roosevelt read about muckrakers which were journalists who would expose unsanitary facilities and food processing companies. After reading Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”, Roosevelt decided to push for the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906. Another example of his accomplishments as president was his supporting of workers and their working conditions. As president, Roosevelt was able to gain better working conditions and more benefits for the working class. This was passed because of his platform known as the Square Deal which promised fairness for all Americans.
In 1905, Roosevelt is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for stopping a war between Russia and Japan. Japan had attacked a Russian fleet and Roosevelt approached both nations asking them to stop fighting. Both countries eventually agreed on Roosevelt’s plan and ultimately made Roosevelt become the first US president to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In addition to his other accomplishments, Roosevelt also decided to increase the size of the navy. He believed that a larger navy was important for national defense. Then in December of 1907 he sent out sixteen white battle ships on a tour around the world. These ships were known as the Great White Fleet. They sailed in the ocean and were used to show off the strength of the American navy at the time.
Known as one of Roosevelt’s greatest achievements as president, was the gaining of the Panama Canal. The United States negotiated with Britain to allow them to build a canal through Panama which was owned by Colombia. Colombia would not agree to...