Film Chronology of Roosevelt and His Times

  • 1898 to 1900 1898-1900 Theodore Roosevelt was appointed assistant secretary of the Navy in 1897, and he is pictured in the first film leaving the old State, War, and Navy Building. He resigned to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Spanish-American War, a war he strongly supported. He and his "Rough Riders" won acclaim, especially for their part in the Battle of San Juan Hill. Upon ...
  • 1901 to 1904 In his first term as president, Roosevelt was often in front of the camera, openly engaging journalists and filmmakers. He traveled widely in his duties, and is shown in these films attending an Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, greeting a foreign dignitary (Prince Henry of Prussia), appearing at the Charleston and St. Louis expositions, and touring San Francisco. By the end of his first ...
  • 1905 to 1910 1905-1908 During his second term, Roosevelt worked on bringing a peace settlement to the Russo-Japanese War. Delegates from both nations were invited to New Hampshire to facilitate this. Roosevelt also acquired the right for the U.S. to build a canal in Panama and visited the country himself in November 1906, the first time a president in office had ever visited a foreign nation. Oscar ...
  • 1911 to 1915 1911 Roosevelt is pictured speaking at the dedication of the Roosevelt Dam, a project which was largely the result of his presidential leadership in irrigation policy.
  • 1916 to 1918 1916 In 1916 Roosevelt was encouraged by many to run for president again, a notion which he entertained, but ultimately declined. He traveled to New Mexico where he campaigned for the Republican candidate, Charles E. Hughes. It is possible that the film T.R. with Rough Rider Friends was filmed during this trip.
  • 1919 to 1921 Roosevelt died at Sagamore Hill on January 6, 1919, as a result of a brain aneurism. Many commemorative services took place over the succeeding years, of which the following films contain only a small selection. In addition, notable figures such as Edward, Prince of Wales (later to be King Edward VIII), and King Albert of Belgium paid homage to Roosevelt by visiting his grave. ...