Donald R. McClarey

Santa Roosevelt

Death had to take him in his sleep, for if he was awake there’d have been a fight. Thomas R. Marshall, Vice President of the United States, on hearing of the death of Theodore Roosevelt   One of his worst

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt and Two Myths of American Politics

    Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson cordially hated each other for many reasons, both public and personal.  This hate emanates in the opinion pieces that Roosevelt was paid to write by the Kansas City Star during the war years.

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Donald R. McClarey

Just in Time for Christmas

Well, President Trump certainly isn’t the first Republican President to be associated with a stuffed bruin:    

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Donald R. McClarey

October 11, 1910: First President to Fly

The first president to fly was of course Theodore Roosevelt, a man who loved a dangerous challenge.   When he flew at Kinloch Field, Saint Louis, Missouri on October 11, 1910, flying was still highly dangerous.  His pilot that day was Arch Hoxsey, one

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Donald R. McClarey

High Flight

Something for the weekend.  High Flight.  One hundred years ago on Bastille Day 1918, Lieutenant Quentin Roosevelt, youngest child of President Theodore Roosevelt, died in combat at 20 years old.  He shared with his father a brilliant mind, an exuberant

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on Lincoln and Free Speech

On May 16, 1918 Congress passed an amendment to the Espionage Act of 1917,  This Amendment is known to history as The Espionage Act of 1918.  Here is the text:   Whoever, when the United States is at war, shall

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Donald R. McClarey

The Lion In Winter

  A brief film of Theodore Roosevelt speaking in Baltimore on September 28, 1918.  At this time he had slightly more than three months to live.  He had been crushed by his son Quentin’s death as a fighter pilot in

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Donald R. McClarey

Roosevelt and Churchill: Parallel Lives

“I dislike the father and dislike the son, so I may be prejudiced.  Still, I feel that, while the biographer and his subject possess some real farsightedness…both possess or possessed such levity, lack of sobriety, lack of permanent principle, and

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

The worst wrongs that capitalism can commit upon labor would sink into insignificance when compared with the hideous wrong done by those who would degrade labor by entailing upon it the rapid lowering of self-reliance. The Roman mob, living on

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Donald R. McClarey

Batman and Theodore Roosevelt

The things you find on the internet!  Hmmm, has anyone ever seen Batman and Theodore Roosevelt in the same room?       Of course this comparison works because Roosevelt was an absolutely fearless man, and because at points in

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Donald R. McClarey

The Long Ride of Colonel Young

“Get a good life insurance policy, with your family as beneficiary. Bring your Bible and yourself.” Advice of Charles Davis Young to a friend joining the Tenth Cavalry   The first black colonel in the United States Army, Charles Davis

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on 50-50 Loyalty

      During World War I Theodore Roosevelt contributed what we would call op ed pieces to The Kansas City Star.  They make fascinating reading.  It is interesting how many of the issues he discusses remain hot topics today. 

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable For Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

“There are those who believe that a new modernity demands a new morality. What they fail to consider is the harsh reality that there is no such thing as a new morality. There is only one morality. All else is

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

    In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else,

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Donald R. McClarey

October 14, 1912: Theodore Roosevelt Shot!

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that

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Donald R. McClarey

Theodore Roosevelt on Robert E. Lee

THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, D.C. January 16, 1907 To the HON. HILARY A. HERBERT, chairman, CHIEF JUSTICE SETH SHEPHERD, GENERAL MARCUS J. WRIGHT, JUDGE CHARLES B. HOWRY, MR. WILLIAM A. GORDON, MR. THOMAS NELSON PAGE, PRESIDENT EDWIN ALDERMAN, MR. JOSEPH

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Donald R. McClarey

Colonel Roosevelt Testifies

    It has been a splendid little war, begun with the highest motives, carried on with magnificent intelligence and spirit, favored by that Fortune that loves the brave. It is now to be concluded, I hope, with that fine

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The Lion’s Brood

  Theodore Roosevelt had advocated American entry into World War I, and wanted to fight himself.  Being denied that privilege by President Wilson, he took solace in the fact that each of his sons volunteered for the War. His son

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July 4, 1917: Theodore Roosevelt Speech

  Touching on the matter of language, Col. Roosevelt declared that “We must have in this country but one flag, and for the speech of the people but one language, the English language. During the present war all newspapers published

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Theodore Roosevelt on Abraham Lincoln

  Theodore Roosevelt had two heroes:  his father and Abraham Lincoln.  In 1905 he wrote this introduction to a collection of the writings of Lincoln:   Immediately after Lincoln’s re-election to the Presidency, in an off-hand speech, delivered in response

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Roosevelt’s Letter to His Volunteers

  With the entry of the US into World War I, Theodore Roosevelt began organizing a volunteer force of four divisions.  The reaction around the nation was enthusiastic with over 100,000 men volunteering, and many professional officers in the Regular

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May 18, 1917: Wilson Signs Selective Service Act of 1917

  The first draft imposed since the Civil War, the Selective Service Act of 1917, passed by overwhelming majorities in Congress, was signed by President Wilson a century ago.  The Act provided for the enlistment, at the discretion of the

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Fearless Freddie Dies

All but forgotten today, Major General Frederick Funston would almost certainly would have led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I if he had not died at age 51 of a heart attack on February 19, 1917.  Nicknamed “Fearless

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Theodore Roosevelt and His Four Divisions

    In 1917 a century ago Theodore Roosevelt was 58 years old.  He was not in the best of health and he had put on a fair amount of weight since his “crowded hour” leading the charge up Kettle

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Trump and Teddy?

Matter! Matter! Why, everybody’s gone crazy! What is the matter with all of you? Here’s this convention going headlong for Roosevelt for Vice President. Don’t any of you realize that there’s only one life between that madman and the Presidency?

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Philander Knox

“I think, it would be better to keep your action free from any taint of legality.” Attorney General Philander Knox’ response when President Theodore Roosevelt asked him to craft a legal defense for American actions which led to the independence

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Henry Adams

      Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts, and all Roosevelt’s friends know that his restless and combative energy was more than abnormal. Roosevelt, more than any other man living within the range

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Theodore Roosevelt and The Curse of Meroz

    Theodore Roosevelt had long been a harsh critic of the neutrality policy of the Wilson administration.  On January 29, 1917 he gave a memorable response to the January 22, 1917 speech to the Senate of President Wilson in

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Theodore Roosevelt

To sit home, read one’s favorite paper, and scoff at the misdeeds of the men who do things is easy, but it is markedly ineffective. It is what evil men count upon the good men’s doing. Theodore Roosevelt, 1895 A

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