Uncompromising Commitment

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Theodore Roosevelt

Posted on November 16th at 4:55 pm

Theodore Roosevelt was born a sickly child to a wealthy New York family. After many years Theodore overcame illness, molding his life’s motto, “A life of strenuous endeavor.”  Roosevelt was known for his effervescent personality along with many interests ranging from writing to politics to hunting, all of which contributed to his notoriety. 

Roosevelt became the youngest president in U.S. history at the age of 42.  During his presidency he won the Nobel Peace Prize for successfully mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese War.  The prize was the first of its kind to be awarded to an American, and the first to ever be given to a sitting president. 

Roosevelt’s accomplishments and sheer ebullience for life are vast and repeatedly documented throughout history.  While campaigning in 1912, Roosevelt was shot in the chest.  The bullet first passed through his steel eyeglass case and then his folded 50-page speech he was carrying in his jacket pocket.  Against the urging of his advisors, he proceeded to give a 90-minute speech.  His initial comment to the crowd, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose,” is just one illustration of the passionate commitment he gave to every aspect of his life.

“Teddy,” a nickname Roosevelt arduously disliked and often said so to the press, stuck nonetheless.  A story told about Roosevelt ordering the compassionate death of an injured black bear led a toymaker to ask permission to use Mr. Roosevelt’s name for his toy bear.  Mr. Roosevelt approved, and thus the iconic teddy bear was born.

Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep in January of 1919.  Thomas R. Marshall, the then Vice President said of his death, “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.”

His was an investment in a life of uncompromising commitment.

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