North Creek in Warren County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Citizen Soldier, Steward to the Nation
“I waved my hat and went up the hill with a rush.”
In 1898, Roosevelt resigned as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, volunteered for service in the Spanish-American War and became Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry. On July 1, 1898, he led the “Rough Riders” up Cuba’s Kettle Hill and returned home a national hero. After the war, Roosevelt’s name was put forth for New York’s governorship.
[image] Colonel Roosevelt with his children (from the left are Ethel, Ted Jr., Kermit and Alice) and officers at Camp Wikoff in Montauk, 1898.
Colonel Roosevelt at Montauk, Long Island, shortly before his regiment was mustered out of service in 1898.
“The object of government is the welfare of the people.”
Steward of the Nation
At age 42, following President McKinley’s assassination in 1901, Roosevelt was inaugurated the 26th and youngest president of the United States in Buffalo. He established the model for the modern presidency, building upon programs created while governor of New York State.
★ He was the first president
★ He championed legislation regulating the railroads, interstate commerce, labor and the food and drug industries.
★ He helped protect the Americas from European invasion with a corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
★ He began construction on the Panama Canal, heralding a new era in foreign affairs and international trade.
★ He negotiated the end of the Russo-Japanese War. As a result, in 1908, he became the first American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
★ He built up the Navy, helping to make it the “big stick” of international diplomacy.
[image] Roosevelt delivers a fiery oration at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, in 1903.
Erected by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Peace • Railroads & Streetcars • War, Spanish-American • Wars, Non-US • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 1, 1898.
Location. 43° 42.169′ N, 73° 59.343′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Railroad Place, North Creek NY 12853, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Theodore Roosevelt (here, next to this marker); Welcome to North Creek (here, next to this marker); North Creek Depot (here, next to this marker); North Creek Railway Station (here, next to this marker); Adirondack Railway Company (a few steps from this marker); Barton Mines (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Theodore Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Theodore Roosevelt (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Creek.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2019, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. 3. submitted on June 14, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.