CM: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), the twenty-sixth President of the United States and a leader of the Republican Party and of the Progressive Movement, who came into office in 1901 and served until 1909, is considered the first modern President because he challenged the ideas of limited government and individualism. In their stead, he advocated government regulation to achieve social and economic justice. He used executive orders to accomplish his goals, especially in conservation, and waged an aggressive foreign policy. He was also an extremely popular President and the first to use the media to appeal directly to the people, bypassing the political parties and career politicians.
The present Portrait of President Theodore Roosevelt by Pach Brothers was taken at Pach Brothers studio, 935 Broadway, New York, on the forty-sixth year of his life and during his presidential term on 1 January 1904. In that year Roosevelt negotiated for the U.S. to take control of the Panama Canal and its construction. As a matter of fact, he felt the Canal's completion was his most important and historically significant international achievement.
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. was born on 27 October 1858 in New York City into a wealthy family. In 1901, with the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, at the age of forty-two, became the youngest President in the Nation's history. He brought new excitement and power to the Presidency, as he vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. He took the view that the President as a "steward of the people" should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless expressly forbidden by law or the Constitution. "I did not usurp power," he wrote, "but I did greatly broaden the use of executive power." Roosevelt was the first President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. He died in his sleep at Oyster Bay on 6 January 1919, and was buried in nearby Youngs Memorial Cemetery.