Elections: Theodore Roosevelt


Quote of the Day:

The government is us: we are the government, you and I. - Theodore Roosevelt

The first requisite of a  good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight. - Theodore Roosevelt

Day 12 VoCaBulary:










Theodore Roosevelt:

Theodore Roosevelt was the twenty-sixth president of the united states.  He was born on October 27, in 1858.  Most people called him Theodore or Teddy.  His mother and father were named Theodore and Martha.   As he got older he lost his name as Theodore and gained Teddy or TD.  Theodore even had a toy named after him.   Teddy was often sick when he was a child and when he was ten he was taught to lift weights.  In 1876 Teddy attended Harvard University.

 While he was in college he met  Alice Lee.  They married on Teddy's birthday in 1880.  On Valentines day of 1884.  Alice died of giving birth to a little girl, Teddy named her Alice on the same day Teddy's mother had died of typhoid fever.  Teddy loved to spend time at Sago More Hill.  Teddy married again 1886 Teddy gave his new wife Sago More Hill as a gift.  Teddy's wife had five other children, Quentin, Ted, Kermit, Ethel, and Archie. 

Teddy was part of a war group called the Rough Riders.  Teddy became vice-president. When President McKinley was shot and killed Teddy became president.  Roosevelt increased the size of the U.S. Navy and started construction of the Panama Canal (a canal across Panama to connect the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean).  He won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping end the Russo-Japanese War.  Teddy's son Quentin was killed in World War 1.  Theodore Roosevelt died of old age on January 6, 1919

Discovering Elections:

Whom did President Roosevelt have to campaign against when he was running to become president of the United States? Theodore Roosevelt campaigned against Alton Parker and Eugene V. Debs in 1904.

How did television change the way that candidates campaigned for political office?

Television gave elected officials and candidates for office an unprecedented way to speak directly to millions, face-to-face. It may be impossible to say for certain whether TV has been good or bad for American politics.

What do we mean when we talk about issues during an election?


Problems, ideas to be talked about, questions, decided upon and voted on.

Which issues are important to you and your family during the upcoming election?