Theodore Roosevelt was born OCTOBER 27, 1858. His wife and mother died on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1884. He wrote in his diary “The light has gone out in my life.”
Depressed, he left to ranch in the Dakotas.
Returning to New York, he entered politics and rose to Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
He resigned during the Spanish-American War, organized the first Volunteer Cavalry, “the Rough Riders,” and helped capture Cuba’s San Juan
Hill. Elected Vice-President under William McKinley, he became America’s youngest President in 1901 when McKinley was assassinated.
Republican Theodore Roosevelt was the first President to invite an African American, Booker T. Washington, to dine in the White
House on October 16, 1901. A Southern Democrat newspapers condemned him it, as printed in The Memphis Scimitar:
“The most damnable outrage which has ever been perpetrated by any citizen of the United States was committed yesterday by the President, when he invited a n- to dine with him at the White House. It would not be worth more than a passing notice if Theodore Roosevelt had sat down to dinner in his own home with a Pullman car porter, but Roosevelt the individual and Roosevelt the President are not to be viewed in the same light.”
In 1909, Theodore Roosevelt warned:
“The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us.”
In 1917, the New York Bible Society had Theodore Roosevelt write a message which was inscribed in a pocket New Testament & Book of Psalms given to World War I soldiers:
“The teachings of the New Testament are foreshadowed in Micah’s verse (Micah vi. 8):
‘What more does the Lord require of thee than to do justice, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?’
DO JUSTICE; and therefore fight valiantly against the armies of Germany and Turkey, for these nations in this crisis stand for the reign of Moloch and Beelzebub on this earth.
LOVE MERCY; treat prisoners well, succor the wounded, treat every woman as if she was your sister, care for the little children, and be tender to the old and helpless.
WALK HUMBLY; You will do so if you study the life and teachings of the Saviour.
-(signed) Theodore Roosevelt.”
Theodore Roosevelt, in his book Fear God and Take Your Own Part (NY: George H. Doran Co., 1916), wrote:
Roosevelt added:”Armenians, have been subjected to wrongs far greater than any that have been committed since the close of the Napoleonic Wars…the wars of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane in Asia. Yet this government has not raised its hand to do anything to help the people who were wronged…
This course of national infamy…began when the last Administration surrendered to the peace at-any-price people, and started the negotiation of its foolish and wicked all inclusive arbitration treaties…
…Individuals and nations who preach the doctrine of milk-and-water invariably have in them a softness of fiber which means that they fear to antagonize those who preach and practice the doctrine of blood-and-iron.” (T. Roosevelt, Fear God, p. 111)
“American eye-witness of the fearful atrocities, Mr. Arthur H. Gleason (New York Tribune, Nov. 25, 1915)… Serbia is at this moment passing under the harrow of torture and mortal anguish. Now, the Armenians have been butchered under circumstances of murder and torture and rape that would have appealed to an old-time Apache Indian…”
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