Theodore Roosevelt - One of the greatest American presidents

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Teddy Roosevelt was one of the greatest American Presidents. His achievements while in the Presidency are both numerous and very impressive.

Teddy Roosevelt's exploits while in office were not centered on only one certain goal. For example, he designated 150 National Forests, the first 51 Federal Bird Reservations, 5 National Parks, the first 18 National Monuments, the first 4 National Game Preserves, and the first 21 Reclamation Projects, which altogether provided 230 million acres that were federally protected. Aside from his conservation efforts, he began the Panama Canal; he established the Department of Commerce and Labor; he negotiated an end to the Russo-Japanese War and thereby won the Nobel Peace Prize; he preached a "Square Deal" for all Americans, enabling millions to earn a living wage; he built up the Navy as the "Big Stick," thus establishing America as a major world power; he reduced the National debt by over $90,000,000; and he secured the passage of the Elkins Act and the Hepburn Act for regulation of the railroads, the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act for consumer protection, and the Federal Employers' Liability Act for Labor.

In addition to all this, he successfully mediated international disputes over Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Morocco. He helped to bring down the American tradition of isolationism and federal practice of laissez-faire. Teddy Roosevelt is renowned in the history books as the "trustbuster," while he, in fact, broke fewer trusts than William Taft. He did "bust" many huge and powerful trusts such as Standard Oil, Northern Securities Company and the American Tobacco Company.

Theodore Roosevelt was indeed a great American President. His distinguished presidency set the role for the modern presidency.