Theodore “Teddy” RooseveltNew York City – Politician & WriterBorn: October 27, 1858 Died: January 6, 1919Years in Office: 1901-1909 Party: RepublicanTeddy Roosevelt remains one of the most popular presidentsof all time. A Republican, Roosevelt represented an emergingProgressivism in the early part of the 20th century, evenearning the nickname the “Trust Buster” for his work inbreaking up monopolies. The modern presidency can trace itsroots to Roosevelt, who embodied the idea of theenergetic, active president. Today, Roosevelt is respected andadmired by politicians from both sides of the aisle as a man ofgreat energy, passion, and honesty.AccomplishmentsEstablished the US Forest ServiceAuthorized construction of the Panama CanalControversies:Challenged his successor, William Taft, as a 3rd party candidate in 1912Dined with Booker T. Washington at the White House“Far and away the best prize thatlife has to offer is the chance towork hard at work worth doing.”
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!H.L. MenckenBaltimore, MD – Writer & CriticBorn: September 12, 1880Died: January 29, 1956H.L. Mencken is best known for his biting commentaryon subjects ranging from politics to literature to theeveryday mores of the “Booboisie.” Getting his start atthe Baltimore Morning Herald, Mencken eventuallymoved on to the Baltimore Sun. In 1908, Menckenbecame a literary critic for The Smart Set, a definingvoice of what came to be known as “The Jazz Age.” Helater went on to help found The American Mercury. He isremembered today as the quintessential American criticand skeptic.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Stats:- Created a multi-volume study of the English language inAmerica.- Reported on the Scopes Trial; the first to refer to it as the“Monkey trial”- Influenced by Twain’s Huckleberry Finn as a child.- Married a Goucher English professor 18 years his junior- Lived in Baltimore his entire life.