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Near Keystone in Pennington County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Theodore Roosevelt

26th President


— 1901-1909 —

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By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
1. Theodore Roosevelt Marker
Captions: (center) (Theodore Roosevelt); (bottom right) TR riding a bulldozer at the Panama Canal; (bottom far-right) The Roosevelt family.
Inscription.  Born: October 27, 1858, New York, New York
Married: Alice Hathaway Lee (1861-1884), October 27, 1880; Edith Kermit Carow (1861-1848), December 2, 1886
Children: Alice, Theodore, Jr., Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, Quentin
Died: January 6, 1919, Oyster Bay, New York
Education: Harvard College, 1880
Occupation: Author, lawyer, public official
Political Party: Republican Career Highlights: • Governor of New York; • Commander of Rough Riders in Spanish-American War; • William McKinley's Vice President; • Became the youngest President at age 42 when McKinley was assassinated; • Unsuccessful third-party presidential candidate in 1912
National Highlights: • First President to travel outside the United States; • Worked to bring big business under regulation; • Began construction of the Panama Canal

"All my life in politics, I have striven to make the necessary working compromise between the ideal and the practical." - Letter to his son Kermit, January 17, 1915

"Perhaps the two most striking things in the presidency are the immense power of the President, in the first place; and in the second
Theodore Roosevelt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
2. Theodore Roosevelt Marker
place, the fact that as soon as he has ceased being President he goes right back into the body of the people and becomes just like any other American citizen." - Written early in 1900; published in The Youth's Companion, November 6, 1902

Gutzon Borglum, Sculptor of Mount Rushmore:
"Roosevelt seems fairly to have leaped with life. He kidnapped energy and carried it into the Nation's home ... He remains undrawn, none will engrave him. His spirit is still at large, uncultured by artist or sculptor." - Lincoln Borglum Manuscript Colletion, Corpus Christi, Texas
Erected by National Endowment for the Humanities and South Dakota Humanities Council.
Location. 43° 52.73′ N, 103° 27.397′ W. Marker is near Keystone, South Dakota, in Pennington County. Marker can be reached from State Highway 244. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13000 South Dakota Highway 244, Keystone SD 57751, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Power to Carve a Mountain (about 500 feet away); (Mount Rushmore) Chronology (about 500 feet away); History of the United States of America
Theodore Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 6, 2015
3. Theodore Roosevelt
(about 600 feet away); Rushmore Workers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gutzon Borglum (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Pigtail Bridges (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Keystone.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Presidential Trail at the base of the Mount Rushmore Monument.
Topics. This marker is included in this topic list: Landmarks
Theodore Roosevelt image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 9, 2015
4. Theodore Roosevelt
This 1967 portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by Adrian Lamb after Philip de Lászlo's 1908 original hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“No one ever craved the presidency more than Theodore Roosevelt or used its powers more joyously. In early 1901, however, his rise toward that office was suddenly checked. Having gained national prominence as a civil service reformer, Spanish-American War hero, and reform-minded governor of New York, he was now relegated to being William McKinley's vice president. But McKinley's assassination several months later changed everything, and Roosevelt was soon rushing headlong into one of American history's most productive presidencies. By the time he left office in 1909, his accomplishments ranged from implementing landmark efforts to conserve the nation's disappearing natural heritage, to instituting some of the first significant curbs on the excesses of big business, to building the Panama Canal.

When Hungarian-born English artist Philip de Lászlo painted the original version of this portrait, he encouraged Roosevelt to have visitors chat with him during the sittings, apparently thinking that it made for a more animated likeness.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 312 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.   4. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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