Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Theodore Roosevelt: An Enduring Icon of Leadership

Outside the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West in New York City is the statue of the Rough Rider, Theodore Roosevelt, who was truly a leader with remarkable talents. "Teddy" Roosevelt was a New York City Police Commissioner, Governor of New York State, Vice-President under William McKinley and, following McKinley's assassination, the youngest man ever to serve as the President of the United States.

Upon entering the museum, one is captivated by the magnificence of the Roosevelt Memorial rotunda. As an educator dedicated to character education in American schools, the quotation inscribed high above the floor has significant relevance:

Arguably, Roosevelt has led one of the most diversified and remarkable careers ever lived by an American with additional titles including:
  • U.S. Civil Service Commissioner
  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy
  • Colonel of the Rough Riders
  • Founder of the National Collegiate Athletic Association
Roosevelt must be appreciated for his contributions to conservation. According to National Geographic, Roosevelt designated approximately 230,000,000 acres as protected National Parks, Forests, preserves or reservations.


Theodore Roosevelt Association Click here to visit site
American Museum of Natural History Click here to visit site

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