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Topics in Chronicling America - Presidential Administrations: Roosevelt

One of the most colorful personalities in the history of the presidency, Theodore Roosevelt was sworn into office on September 14, 1901 following the assassination of William McKinley. Roosevelt’s presidency tackled issues from conservation to trust busting to beginning construction on the Panama Canal. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

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Important Dates:

  • September 1901. "Speak Softly" speech.
  • September 14, 1901. Sworn in as President.
  • 1902. Gets reputation as "trust buster" for dissolving monopolies.
  • November 3, 1903. Panama declared Republic.
  • June 29, 1906. Hepburn Act passes.
  • June 30, 1906. Pure Food Act passes.
  • December 10, 1906. Roosevelt wins Nobel Prize.
  • December 1907-February 1909. Sends out the great white fleet to demonstrate US Naval power.
  • March 1909. Once leaving office heads to Africa to hunt big game.
  • October 14, 1912. Roosevelt shot by attempted assasin.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Speak softly, trust buster, panama canal, San Francisco, earthquake, nobel prize, pure and food, Hepburn bill, teddy bear, conservation, great white fleet, Taft and Roosevelt, Roosevelt and Africa, Roosevelt shot.

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