U.S. president William McKinley’s body gave way to an assassin’s bullet and passed away. As a result, Theodore Roosevelt was named the 26th president of the United States. From a sickly, asthmatic boy who was unlikely to survive he persevered and by sheer strength of will went on to countless achievements; Athlete, Harvard graduate, author, Rough Rider and the first person in the United States to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Volumes have been written on the lifetime accomplishments of the lion they called “Teddy”. Over a century later, his life still serves as a true example of the power of the human will.
“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 knows not victory nor defeat.”
-Speech to the Hamilton Club, Chicago, April 10, 1899
“Every person in society should work earnestly to pull his or her own weight and in return, would be given the support of federal law to help ensure that he or she would always be enabled to enjoy the fruits of self-reliance. In TR’s map of good government, there were no one-way streets. All relations between citizens and their nation were mutual.”
-Alen Axelrod, Theodore Roosevelt CEO