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October - 1858
27Theodore Roosevelt born
April - 1861
12Civil War declared
August - 1861
06Edith Carrow's birthday
July - 1863
02Battle of Gettysburg begins.
May - 1869
12Leaves for Liverpool on the Roosevelt Grand Tour
July - 1869
13Sail down the Thames and crosses English Channel to Antwerp
October - 1869
28In Cologne. Rather depressed noting it is "the first of my birthdays that it snowed on."
March - 1870
10Tours Paris
July - 1870
16"I hunted for birds nests and in the Afternoon, went swimming and got caught in the rain"
17"Went to Sunday school wrote a letter and played about"
18"Went over to the Harraymans for tea and had a nice time.
October - 1872
16Leaves for tour of Egypt and the Holy Land
November - 1872
28Arrives in Egypt "the land of my dreams"
December - 1872
12Family leaves Cairo for Nile cruise
25Gets double barreled breech loading shotgun from TR Senior
April - 1873
28In Vienna "I bought a black cock and used up all my arsenic on him"
November - 1873
05Return to US from Egypt tour. Family moves to new mansion at 6 West Fifty Seventh
November - 1875
01Physical condition: Chest 34 Waist 26 1/2 Thigh, etc
September - 1876
27Moves into Mrs. Richardson's boarding house at 16 Winthrop Street
October - 1876
26Takes place in demonstration for Hayes
January - 1877
28Elliot hunting buffalo in Staked Plains, TX.
February - 1877
26In the midst of a month long battle with measles.
July - 1877
09Finishes observations to be included in first published work: The Summer Birds of the Adirondacks.
December - 1877
16Theodore Sr.'s nomination to Collector of Customs rejected 25 to 31
February - 1878
09TR Senior died
12TR Senior buried
September - 1878
07Meets Bill Sewall in northern Maine
26Heading to Mattawamkeag Station after first visit to Maine.
October - 1878
06Accepts membership into Harvard Porcelain Club
18Meets Alice Hathaway Lee
November - 1878
02At Porcelain initiation, "…was higher with wine than I ever have been before-or will be again. Still, I could wind my watch. Wine makes me awful fighty."
26Begins teaching Sunday school at Christ Church on Garden Street opposite Cambridge Common.
March - 1879
01Romping through Maine
06Start of thirty mile pung trip through snow and woods with Bill Sewall with temperature -10.
22Boxing match with Hanks.
July - 1879
05"I am leading the most delightful life a fellow well could…"
December - 1879
26Lunch with Edith Carrow.
February - 1880
14Engaged to Alice Lee
June - 1880
30Graduates from Harvard B.A. magna cum laude 21st in a class of 177
July - 1880
20Travels with Alice to Bar Harbor, ME to scale mountains and go for long hikes through the "perfectly magnificent scenery"
29Reflecting on an evening out with Alice: "How I love her! She seems like a star of heaven, she is so far above other girls; my pearl, my pure flower."
August - 1880
09Vacationing with Alice in Mt. Desert Island, ME.
October - 1880
27Marries Alice Lee
November - 1880
17Start law school
December - 1880
08Corrine Roosevelt's coming out party
January - 1881
05Attends Mrs. William Astors January Ball
May - 1881
05Suffers first defeat in politics over the New York City Street Cleaning Bill
12Departs with Alice for a summer abroad
July - 1881
07Travelling in Austria and Bavaria.
August - 1881
05Begins climb of the Matterhorn
06Reaches Matterhorn summit and descends
10Arrives in Basel with Alice.
October - 1881
02Returns to New York after summer abroad with Alice
24Opposes nomination of William Trimble for Assemblyman of Twenty First district to Albany.
28Nominated for the Assembly by Joe Murray and wins 16-9.
November - 1881
09Wins election to Albany Assembly 3490 to Stre's 1989
December - 1881
03Submits The Naval War of 1812 to Putnam
January - 1882
02Checks into the Delavan House, Albany in preparation for first year in Assembly.
24Recognized for first time in Assembly
February - 1882
14Given position on Cities Commission
March - 1882
30Introduces resolution to investigate Judge Westbrook and Attorney General Ward RE: Manhattan Elevated affair.
April - 1882
05Motion to investigate Westbrook is stalled by Alvord.
12Motion to investigate Westbrook and Ward passes 104 to 6.
May - 1882
31Westbrook/Ward voted down after last minute bribery of several committee members 77 to 35.
January - 1883
01Elected Speaker of the Republican Assembly - 4225 to 2016. Youngest member of the Assembly
March - 1883
07Reverses position on Five Cent Bill and votes with the "hated members of Tammany Hall" to accept Governor's Veto of bill.
May - 1883
28Speaks to the Free Trade Club at Clark Tavern. Meets Commander H.H. Gorringe.
September - 1883
08Arrives - Little Missouri
18Engages Ferris and Merrifield to stock a cattle ranching.
20Kills first buffalo
23At the Pyramid Park Hotel in Little Missouri.
December - 1883
31"When the caucus met in the Assembly chamber at eight o'clock, Roosevelt was not only betrayed by those in his own delegation who had promised to support him but was finally defeated by the delivery of all of Littlejohn's votes to Sheard."
January - 1884
15Made Chairman of Special Committee to Investigate the Local Government of the City and County of New York
February - 1884
14Alice Lee and Mittie die.
16Funeral for Alice and Mittie at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church.
March - 1884
01Signs contract for construction of Leeholm. Final cost - 22,135.
09"Invites" Sewall and Will Dow to the Maltese Cross
12"…the strongest opponent of the adoption of the Constitution…was Thomas Jefferson; that we got our Constitution, not because of, but in spite of Jefferson and his followers…"
26Introduction of Roosevelt reforms unleash " a scene of uproar and violence to all rules of decency…a howling mob…rushed from their seats…with yells, hisses and denunciations…"
April - 1884
22Checks into the Bagg's Hotel, Utica for New York State Republican Convention.
24Crushes "Boss" Miller in vote for delegate at large 472-243. Yells to Miller "There, damn you, we beat you for last winter."
May - 1884
31Arrives in Chicago for the Republican Convention.
June - 1884
03Republican Convention opens in Chicago
06Blaine nominated for President against all effort by TR.
12Signs contract increasing Dakota investment to $40,000.
July - 1884
01Roosevelt leaves Medora for New York
06Sends Bill Sewall a check for three thousand dollars to pay off Sewall mortgage; a condition before Sewall would move west.
19Defends Cabot Lodge's support of Blaine for President in Boston Herald.
31A thousand head of cattle arrive from Minnesota. "The best lot of cattle shipped west this year" says the Bad Lands Cowboy,
August - 1884
01On his first night at Maltese Cross, Bill Sewall remarks that "I don't believe that it is much of a cattle country." TR disagrees heartily.
18Departs Maltese Cross for the Big Horn Mountains.
29Kills two deer with one bullet. "This was much the best shot I ever made."
September - 1884
13Gets first grizzly
19Dines at Fort McKinney, Buffalo, WY.
October - 1884
09Returns to New York from Dakota.
18Address before the Young Republican Club of Brooklyn, NY.
20Address before the Republicans of Malden, MA. "...no disaster suffered by the Federal armies during the long war for the Union would have begun to equal in importance the terrible disaster that it would have been to have had McClellan elected as President."
22 "A gentleman told me recently that he doubted if I would vote for the Angel Gabriel if found at the head of the Democratic party, to which I responded that the Angel Gabriel would never be found in such company."
29Blaine's Presidential campaign stumbles after the "…rum, Romanism and Rebellion" speech by Rev. Burchard.
30"I know very well Mr. Quincy intended to tell the truth, but his efforts were singularly unsuccessful."
November - 1884
18"Boss beavered down seventeen [trees]"
December - 1884
14Hunting Big Horn sheep near Bullion Butte.
March - 1885
08Finishes "Hunting Trips of a Ranchman."
May - 1885
05Picks up new herd in Medora. Survives late night stampede.
19Arrives Box Elder Creek to assist in Bad Lands spring round up.
June - 1885
20Withdraws from Bad Lands roundup after riding for 32 days and over 1000 miles.
August - 1885
08Marches in the funeral parade for General Grant.
27Publishes call for Stockmen's Association in Badlands Cowboy.
October - 1885
26Hosts the Long Island Meadowbrook Hunt at Sagamore Hill. Breaks arm, smashes face and chases Baby Lee.
30Letter to Lodge: "I don't grudge the broken arm a bit…I am always willing to pay the piper when I have had a good dance; and every now and then I like to drink the wine of life with brandy in it."
November - 1885
17TR proposes to Edith Carrow. She accepts.
March - 1886
24Discovers Elkhorn boat has been stolen.
30Starts pursuit of boat thieves.
April - 1886
01Captures Red Head Finnegan and other boat thieves.
11Arrives in Dickinson with prisoners after covering 300 miles and received fees as deputy sheriff for arrest and mileage - $50.
18Arrives Miles City as a delegate to larger Montana Stock Growers Convention.
May - 1886
21Start of Spring round up in the Bad Lands.
June - 1886
02Stampede near Maltese Cross.
23Wrote Lodge that he had been in the saddle at 2:00 am the day before…and had not stopped working until 8:15 pm. Tells Bamie "it is now five weeks since I have had breakfast as late as four o'clock [am]."
July - 1886
04Delivers speech as Orator of the Day in Dickinson, Dakota Territory
09"You've never talked with Theodore Roosevelt? Well, if you ever meet a bright, eager, impulsive and positive young man with a square plump face, a mustache that looks as though it had suffered from drouth, two pearly rows that glitter when he speaks, and blue laughing eyes that squint with emphasis, you can rest assuered that he is Theodore Roosevelt."
August - 1886
21Mountain goat hunting in Big Hole Basin, MT.
October - 1886
15 Speech at Cooper Union Hall, NYC.
16Accepts nomination for Mayor of New York City.
25Speech at a meeting of dry-goods men in NYC.
28Statue of Liberty unveiled
November - 1886
04Runs third to Hewitt and George in NYC Mayoral race
07Meets Arthur Spring-Rice aboard the Etruria while heading to Europe with Edith.
December - 1886
02Marries Edith in St. George's, Hanover Square
March - 1887
28Returns after a fifteen week tour of England, France and Italy.
April - 1887
20"The losses are crippling." Estimates 65% of herd lost after brutal Bad Lands winter.
May - 1887
11Speaks at the Inaugural Banquet of the New York Federal Club at Delmonico's Restaurant NYC.
25Puck magazine states "You are not the timber of which Presidents are made."
September - 1887
04Gouverneur Morris manuscript submitted.
13Theodore Jr. Born.
January - 1888
15"I shall probably never be in politics again." Winning of the West begins to evolve.
May - 1888
01Begins actual writing of The Winning of the West.
December - 1888
13Address before the Federal Club, NYC. "...the more foolish among our foes now whine that the election was "bought." The gentlemen who assert this are deficient either in intellect or in sense of humor."
April - 1889
27Lodge brings message from White House RE: Civil Service Commissioner
May - 1889
13Arrives in DC to accept Civil Service commission.
20Investigates NYC Custom House for mismanagement and fraud.
June - 1889
20In Milwaukee, investigating Post Office corruption
July - 1889
10Meets with President Harrison, who appears to support Civil Service reforms and investigations,
August - 1889
05Harrison allows Postmaster Paul to resign rather than be fired for fraud. "It was a golden chance to take a good stand; and it had been lost"
September - 1889
22Reviewer of Winning of the West states "It would have been simply impossible for him to do what he claims to have done in the time that was at his disposal."
October - 1889
10Responds to review of WW that accuses him of plagiarism and fraud with "There is a half-pleasurable excitement in facing an equal foe; but there is none whatever in trampling on a weakling."
December - 1889
02TR throws support for Speakership of House behind Thomas B. Reed, who is elected to same post on this day.
30Presents paper on "Certain Phases of the Westward Movement in the Revolutionary War' to American Historical Association.
January - 1890
27Congress orders investigation of Civil Service commission due, in part, to Roosevelt's promises to help Shidy in Postmaster Paul affair.
February - 1890
28Shidy testifies badly. Roosevelt says "I do not care to talk to you any more. You have cut your own throat."
May - 1890
10Read Alfred Mayhan's book "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History."
June - 1890
13Committee exonerates Civil Service Commission of all charges.
March - 1891
30Travels to Baltimore to view Election practices.
June - 1891
07Harsh letter condemning Elliot.
14Letter to Elliot saying they should consider paying Katy Mann to keep out of headlines.
July - 1891
01Meets with President Harrison. "He is a genial little runt, isn't he."
August - 1891
04Submits report on Baltimore election practices.
13Ethel Roosevelt born.
17Elliot's problems become headlines, first published in the New York Sun, then in all major dailies.
October - 1891
10"As usual, I come back to rumors of my own removal."
January - 1892
09Leaves New York to confront Elliot.
April - 1892
19House votes to investigate Baltimore election irregularities.
May - 1892
02Roosevelt presents evidence in Baltimore case and skewers the Honorable Postmaster General John Wanamaker.
25Wraps up testimony against Wanamaker. NY Times reports "The exposure he [Wanamaker] has suffered from Mr. Roosevelt is merciless and humiliating, but is clearly deserved."
August - 1892
11Article in the Outlook critiquing President Harrison's Foreign Policy.
25Speaks to a mass meeting, assembled in his honor, at Deadwood Opera House, Dakota.
November - 1892
14Address at the memorial meeting to George William Curtis at the Unitarian Club of New York.
December - 1892
07Anna Roosevelt, Elliot's wife, dies at age 29.
January - 1893
26An address before the Liberal Club of Buffalo, NY titled "The Duties of American Citizenship."
February - 1893
20Speaks to the Boston Civil Service Reform Association.
21Addresses a dinner of the Boston Civil Service Reform Association.
May - 1893
01World's Fair opens in Chicago.
15Dedicates Boone and Crockett Club cabin at World's Fair.
August - 1893
28President Cleveland repeals Silver Purchase Act.
April - 1894
10Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt born.
August - 1894
14Elliot Roosevelt dies
October - 1894
22Decides not to run for NYC Mayoralty.
March - 1895
07Entertains Rudyard Kipling.
April - 1895
03Accepts position of New York Police Commissioner.
May - 1895
06First day as Police Commissioner
07Takes oath of office for Police Commissioner.
24Forces notorious Inspector "Clubber" Williams to resign.
28Chief of Police Byrnes resigns under pressure from TR.
June - 1895
07First night out with Jacob Riis, looking for lackadaisical police work.
10Directs Police to "rigidly enforce" the closing of all New York City Saloons between midnight Saturday and Midnight Sunday.
15Steaks and an impromptu speech to reporters in Mike Lyons Steakhouse in the Bowery.
20"I DO not deal with public sentiment. I deal with the law."
30The driest Sunday in Seven Years as 97% of NYC taverns are closed.
July - 1895
12In response to Sunday bar closings: "A glass of beer with a few crackers in a humble restaurant is just as much a poor man's lunch on Sunday as is Mr. Roosevelt's elaborate champagne dinner at the Union League Club."
16Speaks to German-Americans at the Good Government Club .
21500,000 citizens of NYC leave the city to quench their thirst on Long Island and New Jersey.
August - 1895
05Letter bomb addressed to TR fails to explode after being opened by a mail clerk.
07Rousing speech to Catholic Total Abstinence Union's national convention in Carnegie Hall.
September - 1895
25Invited to United Societies for Liberal Sunday Laws parade in Germantown and, to the surprise of all, attends and speaks.
January - 1896
19Meets with "Easy Boss" Platt to confirm rumors that Platt is trying to legislate TR out of office. Rumor is confirmed.
20Begins assault on Platt at the New York Methodist Ministers' Association.
24"The Republican Plot to Oust Roosevelt" is detailed in the NY Times. Platt withdraws legislation shortly thereafter.
February - 1896
28Conflict arises with Commissioner Parker over promotions
March - 1896
24Stalemate with Parker drags on. Headline "His the voice of Authority, But Parker's the Hand that Holds the Rod"
24"Roosey whistles" appear on New York streets
May - 1896
05Comptroller Fitch's testy exchange result in the offering of a duel. "Pistols or anything else!" yells Roosevelt. Cools off and tells reporters there will be no duel.
June - 1896
01Attends Annual Police parade
18McKinley defeats Reed at the Republican Convention in St. Louis 661 1/2 to 84 1/2.
July - 1896
16Speaks to newly promoted police captains at NYPD headquarters.
28Visits with Mark Hanna at the Waldorf, NYC.
August - 1896
03After meeting with Hanna, a discouraged Roosevelt writes to Spring-Rice, "Bryan closely resembles Thomas Jefferson, whose accession to the Presidency was a terrible blow to this nation."
12Bryan opens the Democratic campaign in Madison Square Garden where "he was a stupendous disappointment."
September - 1896
11Campaigning for McKinley, TR attacks Bryan; "It is fitting that with the demand for free silver should go the demand for free riot."
October - 1896
02Visits with McKinley in Canton, OH while campaigning with Lodge.
15Speech before the American Republican College League, Chicago IL regarding Mr. Bryan: "It is not merely schoolgirls that have hysterics; very vicious mob-leaders have them at times and so do well-meaning demagogues when their heads are turned by the applause of men of little intelligence and their minds inflated with the possibility of acquiring solid leadership in the country."
November - 1896
29Lodge has lunch with McKinley and intimates TR for Assistant Secretary of the Navy
December - 1896
16Supports Platt's nomination to the Senate, opposing his old mentor, Joseph H. Choate.
January - 1897
23Addresses US Naval Academy.
April - 1897
06Nominated Assistant Secretary of the Navy at a salary of $4500.
19Assumes Assistant of Secretary responsibilities.
19Resigns from Police Commission.
June - 1897
02Makes first public address as Assistant Secretary at Naval War College at Newport Rhode Island. Attracts nationwide attention.
13McKinley approve treaty annexing Hawaii.
July - 1897
11Cruises from Oyster Bay to Newport in a Navy torpedo boat
23Speech in Sandusky causes controversy: "The United States is not in a position which requires her to ask Japan or any other foreign power, what territory is shall or shall not acquire."
August - 1897
02Secretary of Navy Long leaves DC. TR installed as "the hot weather secretary."
19Letter to Bellamy Storer: "I am having immense fun running the Navy."
23"The liveliest spot in Washington at present is the Navy Department. The decks are cleared for action. Acting Secretary Roosevelt, in the absence of Governor Long, has the whole Navy bordering on a war footing. It remains only to sand down the decks and pipe to quarters for action.
September - 1897
05Publishes quotes on the US Navy by past Presidents as "The Naval Policy of America as Outlined in Messages of the Presidents of the United States from the Beginning to the Present Day."
07Boards battleship Iowa for gunnery exercises
14Afternoon drive with President McKinley who congratulated TR on management of the Navy department
27Begins campaign for Dewey to be appointed Admiral of Asiatic station.
November - 1897
19Quentin Roosevelt born.
January - 1898
25USS Maine drops anchor in Havana Harbor.
February - 1898
09Journal publishes Minister de Lome's intercepted letter causing outrage for it's characterizations of McKinley and Spain's intentions in Cuba.
15USS Maine blown up killing 262 sailors.
25Secretary Long leaves for afternoon. As Acting Secretary Roosevelt orders Dewey to keep full of coal and to prepare for offensive action against the Philippine Islands.
March - 1898
07Edith undergoes surgery to remove abscess from hip.
April - 1898
11McKinley reluctantly asks Congress for a declaration of war with Spain.
19Congress declares war on Spain.
23Secretary of War Alger offers command of "special" regiment to TR. TR suggests Leonard Wood, with himself as lieutenant colonel. 23,000 applications flood in, wanting to be part of the Rough Riders.
May - 1898
01Dewey crushes Spanish Fleet off Manila
06Receives commission into Army.
12Departs for San Antonio.
15Arrives San Antonio wearing a new fawn uniform with canary-yellow trim.
20Preparing for war in San Antonio, TX.
26Rough Riders asked to contribute to the outdoor performance of The Calvary Charge oblige by discharging over 2000 rounds, blowing out lights and causing pandemonium
29Rough Riders strike camp in San Antonio for Tampa.
June - 1898
02Rough Riders arrive in Tampa.
13Task force leaves Tampa for Cuba.
22Landing in Cuba.
24The Battle of Las Guasimas
26Discovers stockpile of eleven hundred pounds of beans on beach. Requisitions for Rough Riders. Carries one sack eight miles through jungle.
July - 1898
01The Battle of San Juan Hill. "The great day of my life."
15Camp near Santiago: "The water was running over the ground in a sheet, and the mud was knee-deep; so I was a drenched and muddy object when I got to a neighboring tent, where I was given a blanket, in which I rolled up and went to sleep."
18Promoted to full Colonel.
August - 1898
08Rough Riders depart Santiago Harbor for Montauk, Long Island.
15Rough Riders arrive in Long Island from Cuba.
19Meets with Lemuel Quigg, Platt's lieutenant, to discuss Roosevelt interest in running for Governor.
September - 1898
04Meets McKinley at Camp Wikoff.
10Writing to the Secretary of War from Camp Wikoff: "...As to the first issue, the blue shirts were excellent of their kind, but altogether too hot for Cuba. They are just what I used to wear in Montana. The leggings were good; the shoes were very good; the undershirts not very good, and the drawers bad-being of heavy, thick canton flannel, difficult to wash, and entirely unfit for a tropical climate. The trousers were poor, wearing badly."
13Receives Remington's bronze "The Bronco Buster" from the Rough Riders. "To have such a gift come from this peculiarly American regiment touches me more than I can say. This is something I shall hand down to my children, and I shall value it more than I do the weapons I carried through the campaign."
15Rough Riders muster out on " the day which marked the close of the four months' life of a regiment of as gallant fighters as ever wore the United States uniform."
17Meets with Platt at the Fifth Avenue Hotel and accepts nomination for Governor.
24Governor Black accuses Roosevelt of not being a New York resident as Roosevelt had claimed DC residency to escape NY taxes.
25Nominated for New York Governor.
October - 1898
05Gives first campaign speech of Governors contest at Carnegie Hall.
05Address at the opening of the gubernatorial campaign, NYC. "Greatness means strife for nation and man alike. A soft, easy life is not worth living, if it impairs the fibre of brain and heart and muscle. We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage."
17Leaves on the Roosevelt Special to campaign throughout New York State.
19Campaigning for Governor: "It may, perhaps, be said without irreverence that a man should in his public as well as private life strive to conform his conduct to the principles laid down in those two ancient guides to conduct, the Decalogue and theGolde Rule."
November - 1898
08Wins Governorship by a mere 17,794 votes.
January - 1899
02First Annual Message to Albany Legislature,
March - 1899
20Sends Martha Place to the electric chair. First woman executed in the state of New York
24Angry meeting with Platt over the Ford Bill which proposes to tax corporations doing business in New York state.
29Refuses to stay Martha Places's execution. First woman executed by electric chair in New York.
May - 1899
09Address to the City Club, NYC. "A corporation is simply a collection of men, who may do well or who may do ill. The thing to do is to make them understand that if they do well you are with them, but if they do ill you are ever and always against them."
19Address at the Independent Club, Buffalo, NY titled "Property and the State."
27Signs Ford Bill into law.
30Address at Grant's Tomb, NYC. "There is a time to be just and there is a time to be merciful, there is a time for unyielding resolution and a time for the hand of fellowship and brotherly love. The great man is the man who knows the time for one and the time for the other."
July - 1899
01Writes to Lodge regarding Vice Presidential prospects for 1900 election.
August - 1899
02Finishes initial writing on Oliver Cromwell
September - 1899
30Parade for Dewey in NYC.
November - 1899
21Vice President Hobart dies.
March - 1900
14Congress passes act for gold standard.
May - 1900
11McKinley gives dinner in Roosevelt's honor.
June - 1900
19Republican National Convention opens in Philadelphia.
21"Don't any of you realize that there's only one life between this madman and the Presidency?" Mark Hanna on the prospect of TR's Vice Presidential nomination.
21McKinley and Roosevelt nominated for Republican candidates. TR casts the only dissenting vote for his nomination.
September - 1900
16"…he was also heard to murmur while sitting a horse on the bluff above Medora, "Looking back to my old days here I can paraphrase Kipling and say 'Whatever may happen I can thank God I have lived and toiled with men.'"
October - 1900
03Campaign stop in Deadwood, South Dakota.
12Speech at Evansville, IN responds to various questions from Bryan.
November - 1900
06McKinley defeats Bryan by nearly 750,000 votes and 292-155 in the electoral college.
January - 1901
11Arrives in Meeker, Colorado for cougar hunting trip.
14Kills first cougar with a knife thrust behind its shoulder as dogs occupy its head and hindquarters.
17"...we got a big lynx in the top of a pinon tree."
29Letter to Ethel from the Keystone Ranch describing a pig named Maude.
31Kills a blue female cougar. Length 6'7" Weight 120 pounds. "The fourteen cougars we killed showed the widest variation not only in size but in color...Some were as slaty gray as deer when in the so-called 'blue'; others, rufous, almost as bright as deer in the 'red.'"
February - 1901
11"... we rode back to the Keystone Ranch, carrying the three cougar-skins behind our saddles."
March - 1901
04Second Inauguration of William McKinley
27I wish to see us act upon the old frontier principles, "Don't bluster, don't flourish your revolver and never draw unless you intend to shoot."
June - 1901
21Address at Clark University, Worcester, MA. " "The first duty of each one of you here is to carry your own weight - to carry yourselves. You are not going to be able to do anything for any one else until you can support yourselves and those dependent upon you. I do not want to see you develop that kind of idealism which makes you filled with vague thoughts of beneficence for mankind and an awful draw-back to your immediate families."
September - 1901
04Arrives, Rutland, Vermont for a series of speaking engagements.
06McKinley shot by Leon Czolgosz, a young anarchist, in Buffalo's Temple of Music.
13Receives news of McKinley's death after climbing Mt. Marcy, the highest point in the Adirondacks.
14Sworn in as the 26th President
October - 1901
16Dinner with Booker T. Washington results in outrage from Southern newspapers.
December - 1901
03First message to Congress.
February - 1902
19Investigation of Northern Securities announced,
May - 1902
03Has one of his favorite horses, Bleistein, photographed while jumping in Chevy Chase, MD.
June - 1902
11Address at the Centennial Celebration of the establishment of the United States Military Academy, West Point.
28Congress authorized the President to enter into treaty with Colombia for the building of the Canal across the Isthmus of Panama.
July - 1902
03Executive Order to "...require that appointments of all unclassified laborers, both in the departments at Washington and in the field-service, shall be made with the assistance of the United States Civil Service Commission…"
August - 1902
22Address at the Coliseum, Hartford, CN.
September - 1902
03Injured by a runaway trolley car which smashed into his carriage.
08Address before the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen, Chattanooga, TN.
October - 1902
03Meets with representatives of the operators and miners during coal strike.
13Letter to Kermit about life at Groton and playing football.
15Resolution of coal strike. "I shall never forget the mixture of relief and amusement I felt when I thoroughly grasped the fact that while they would heroically submit to anarchy rather than have Tweedledum, yet if I would call it Tweedledee they would accept it with rapture…"
17Resolution of the United Mine Strike.
20"At this moment, my small daughter being out, I am acting as nurse to two wee guinea pigs…"
November - 1902
01"...11,650 rural free-delivery routes had been established and were in operation, covering about one third of the territory of the United States available for rural free-delivery service."
22Speech at the Founders' Day banquet of the Union League, Philadelphia, PA.
27"... we all went out riding, looking as we started a good deal like the Cumberbach family."
28"...we all went out riding, looking as we started a good deal like the Cumberbach family...We had a three hours' scamper which was really great fun."
February - 1903
14Department of Commerce and Labor created.
April - 1903
08"John Burroughs and I reached the Yellowstone Park…"
09Camps along the Yellowstone River below Cottonwood Creek with John Burroughs.
16Communes with deer while writing letters in Yellowstone Park, WY.
29Address before the National and International Good Roads Convention, St. Louis, MO.
30Address at the dedication ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis.
May - 1903
06Riding in the Grand Canyon.
10In Del Monte, CA. "...I rode along the beach I saw seals, cormorants, gulls and ducks, all astonishingly tame."
26Speech in Spokane, WA.
June - 1903
06Informs Lodge that "Josiah, the young badger, is hailed with the wildest enthusiasm by the children,…"
15Speech at the Saengerfest, Baltimore, MD.
August - 1903
16"To-day all, young and old, from the three houses went with us to Service on the great battleship Kearsarge-for the fleet is here to be inspected by me to-morrow."
23"...I rowed mother out to the end of Lloyds Neck…"
25Children's tennis matches. "I officiated as umpire and furnished the prizes, which were penknives."
September - 1903
17Address at Antietam, MD.
29Meets with the president of the American Federation of Labor regarding the re-instatement of a non-union worker in the Government.
October - 1903
01Quentin gets two rabbits.
11Regarding Ted's playing third squad, rather than second squad football "... I do not in the least object to your getting smashed if it is for an object that is worth while…"
18"...as I marched up to the top they assailed me with shrieks and chuckles of delight and then the pillow fight raged up and down the hall. After my bath I read them from Uncle Remus."
24Suffers "a touch of Cuban fever, my only unpleasant reminiscence of the Santiago campaign."
28At Uncle Gracie's funeral "...and yet though they had throngs of policemen inside, too, an elderly and harmless crank actually got inside with them to present me some foolish memorial about curing the German Emperor from cancer."
November - 1903
03Panamanian revolution begins.
04Marines land in Colon, Panama to protect American interests during the revolution.
16Address at the centennial of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.
January - 1904
04In a special message to Congress, "I enumerated a partial list of revolutions, insurrections, disturbances, and other outbreaks that had occurred on the Isthmus of Panama during the fifty-three years preceding the negotiation of our treaty with the republic of Panama itself."
18Magician Kellar performs at White House. "...at the end of the next trick..suddenly developed a delightful white guinea pig, squirming and kicking and looking exactly like Admiral Dewey…"
21Letter to Ted regarding examination papers for West Point and Annapolis.
February - 1904
18Lunch with Buffalo Bill.
23The treaty between the United States and the republic of Panama ratified by US Senate.
April - 1904
09Letter to Ted: "I am very glad I have been doing this Japanese wrestling...My right ankle and my left wrist and one thumb and both great toes are swollen sufficiently to more or less impair their usefulness...since you left they have taught me three new throws that are perfect corkers."
23The canal properties of the French Canal Company are transferred to the United States for $40,000,000.
May - 1904
24Address at the Groton School, Groton, MA. "Let me at the beginning thank the rector for what I shall hope was a personal allusion to me, because it is the only time in my life that I have been even indirectly compared to Apollo."
27"...poor Peter Rabbit [Archie's pet] died and his funeral was held with proper state."
30Speech in Gettysburg, PA.
June - 1904
19Address at the Washington Memorial Chapel, Valley Forge, PA.
July - 1904
27Address at Oyster Bay, NY "I AM deeply sensible of the high honor conferred upon me by the representatives of the Republican party assembled in convention, and I accept the nomination for the presidency with solemn realization of the obligations I assume."
September - 1904
12Accepts nomination for President of the United States.
October - 1904
14"...went to the theatre to see 'The Yankee Consul,' which was quite funny."
December - 1904
06Fourth Annual Message to Congress.
17Letter to kermit: " Mother looks very young and pretty. This afternoon she was most busy, taking the little boys to the theatre and then going to hear Ethel sing. "
January - 1905
04Playing with children at the White House. "I do not think that one of them saw anything incongruous in the President's getting as bedaubed with mud as they got, or in my wiggling and clambering around jutting rocks, through cracks, and up what were really small cliff faces, just like the rest of them…"
05Address to the Forest Congress, Washington, D.C.
24Passage of Act "creating the Wichita Game Preserves, the first of the national game-preserves."
February - 1905
13Address at the Lincoln dinner of the Republican Club, NYC.
March - 1905
13Address before the National Congress of Mothers, Washington, D.C.
April - 1905
07Address to a reunion of Rough Riders in front of the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas. "Thermopylae had its messengers of death but the Alamo had none."
08Departs Frederick, OK "for a few days' coyote-coursing in the Comanche Reserve."
May - 1905
14Letter to Kermit: "Yesterday afternoon we played tennis, Herbert Knox Smith and I beating Matt and Murray.To-day I shall take cunning mother out for a ride."
June - 1905
05"...Commander Takashita brought in half a dozen Japanese naval officers who had been with Togo's fleet off Port Arthur…"
09At Pine Knot, "In the morning I fried bacon and eggs, while Mother boiled the kettle for tea and laid the table."
28Address at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
August - 1905
26While on Long Island, "The Plunger (a submarine) has come to the Bay and I am going out in it this afternoon-or rather down on it."
October - 1905
11Letter to Ted regarding Harvard activities: "In my day we looked with suspicion upon all freshman societies, and the men who tried to get them up or were prominent in them rarely amounted to much in the class afterwards."
18Speech at Capitol Square, Richmond, VA.
24Address at Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, AL.
November - 1905
19Letter to Kermit: "Normally I only care for a novel if the ending is good...There is quite enough sorrow and shame and suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction."
December - 1905
19Gives his nurse twenty dollars for Christmas and discusses plans to play hide and seek in the White House.
April - 1906
14Address at the laying of the corner-stone of the office-building of the House of Representatives.
22Reflecting on Quentin and Archie: "If ever there was a heaven-sent treasure to small boys, that sand-box is the treasure."
24Address on the occasion of the reinterment of the remains of John Paul Jones at Annapolis, Md.
May - 1906
04While walking the White House grounds, " I saw a Cape May warbler, the first I had ever seen. It was in a small pine. It was fearless, allowing a close approach, and as it was a male in high plumage, it was unmistakable."
20Letter to Ted discussing Dickens' characters. "Dickens' characters are really to a great extent personified attributes rather than individuals."
June - 1906
08National Monuments Act of June 8, 1906. Among the monuments created are Muir Woods, Pinnacles National Monument in California, and the Mount Olympus National Monument, Washington.
24"To-day as I was marching to church, with Sloane some 25 yards behind, I suddenly saw two terriers racing to attack a kitten which was walking down the sidewalk. I bounced forward with my umbrella, and after some active work put to flight the dogs…" TR noticed two woman watching his exploits and asked them if they would like the kitten. They did and he continued on to church.
29Passage of Act " providing for the establishment of the Grand Canyon Game-Preserve of Arizona, now comprising one million four hundred and ninety-two thousand nine hundred and twenty-eight acres."
30Passage of Act regulating shooting in the District of Columbia and making three-fourths of the environs of the national capital within the District in effect a national refuge.
October - 1906
04Dedication ceremonies of the new State Capitol building at Harrisburg, PA.
23Narrates a race between Archie and his dog Skip in the White House halls.
November - 1906
03Hunting for wild turkey at Pine Knot.
11On board U.S.S. Louisiana in transit to Panama.
12"reading Milton's prose works, 'Tacitus,' and a German novel called 'Jorn Uhl.'" in transit to Panama.
14Advice to Ted: "...as one grows older the bitter and the sweet keep coming together. The only thing to do is to grin and bear it, to flinch as little as possible under the punishment, and to keep pegging steadily away until the luck turns."
15Tours canal construction with Edith. " I tramped everywhere through the mud."
21Visits Puerto Rico on return from Panama.
December - 1906
10Awarded Nobel Peace Prize for role in ending Russo-Japanese War.
March - 1907
03"Archie has diphtheria, and we have had a wearing forty-eight hours. Of course it is harder upon Mother a good deal than upon me…"
April - 1907
12Address at Arlington National Cemetery for the unveiling of the monument in memory of the dead of the First U. S. Volunteer Cavalry.
15Arbor Day message from the President to the school children of the United States.
26Speaks at opening of the Jamestown Exposition.
29"This afternoon Mother and I are going out riding with Senator Lodge."
May - 1907
18While at Pine Knot in Albemarle County, VA, "I saw a small party of a dozen or so passenger-pigeons, birds I had not seen for a quarter of a century and never expected to see again."
31Speech at Semicentennial Celebration of the Founding of Agricultural Colleges in the United States, Lansing, MI.
July - 1907
08Spots a Maryland yellow throat near Sagamore Hill. "We did not have to wait long before we heard an unmistakably new warbler song-loud, ringing, sharply accented, just as the yellow-throat's song is described in Chapman's book. "
August - 1907
20Address at the laying of the corner-stone of the Pilgrim Memorial Monument, Provincetown, MA.
September - 1907
28Quentin interrupts meeting with Attorney General and entertains waiting Congressmen with his snakes.
October - 1907
01"After speaking at Keokuk [Iowa] this morning we got aboard this brand new stern-wheel steamer of the regular Mississippi type and started down-stream. I went up on the Texas and of course felt an almost irresistible desire to ask the pilot about Mark Twain."
03Swimming in a lake in Stamboul, LA.
03Address at Cairo, IL.
04Address before the Deep Waterway Convention at Memphis, TN.
11In the Tenesas Bayou
November - 1907
04Meets with Judge E. H. Gary and Mr. H. C. Frick on behalf of the Steel Corporation.
19Sends letter to Cabinet directing any attempt at re-nomination to be halted.
December - 1907
27Sleepover at the White House. "I interfered but once, and that was to stop an exquisite jest of Quentin's, which consisted in proctoring sulphureted hydrogen to be used on the other boys when they got into bed."
February - 1908
23Critique of Dickens: "...one fundamental difference between Thackeray and Dickens is that Thackeray was a gentleman and Dickens was not. But a man might do some mighty good work and not be a gentleman in any sense."
29Regarding Dickens: "Naturally he would think there was no gentleman in New York, because by no possibility could he have recognized a gentleman if he had met one."
March - 1908
08" I like to see Quentin practicing baseball. It gives me hopes that one of my boys will not take after his father in this respect, and will prove able to play the national game!"
April - 1908
11Re: Quentin's Gang: "Yesterday afternoon was rainy, and four of them played five hours inside the White House. They were very boisterous and were all the time on the verge of mischief, and finally they made spit-balls and deliberately put them on the portraits."
May - 1908
10John Burroughs battles with flying squirrels at the White House.
11Address at the corner-stone laying ceremony for the Bureau of American Republics
13Conference on the Conservation of Natural Resources at the White House.
17Describing the White House: "Mother's flower-gardens are now as beautiful as possible, and the iron railings of the fences south of them are covered with clematis and roses in bloom."
23Establishment of the National Bison Range in Montana.
July - 1908
22Address at the Naval War College, Newport, RI titled "Why the Nation needs an effective Navy."
November - 1908
25Speaks at dedication of monument to General Sheridan in Washington, D.C.
December - 1908
15Address at the Corcoran Art Gallery, at the Saint Gaudens Exhibition.
January - 1909
18Give speech on "The Expansion of the White Races" at African Diamond Jubilee of the Methodist Episcopal Church
22I transmitted the report of the National Conservation Commission to Congress with a special message, in which it was accurately described as "one of the most fundamentally important documents ever laid before the American people."
February - 1909
12 Address at Hodgenville, Ky on the Centennial of Lincoln's birthday.
22Greets Great White Fleet at Hampton Roads after voyage around world.
March - 1909
23Departs New York on the Hamburg bound for Africa.
April - 1909
21"...we steamed into the beautiful and picturesque harbor of Mombasa."
May - 1909
08Article on "The Japanese Question."
June - 1909
04Visits the American Industrial Mission in Kijabe.
05"We started south from Kijabe to trek through the thirst, through the waterless country which lies across the way to the Sotik."
July - 1909
24Stops in Nairobi "in order to ship our fresh accumulations of specimens and trophies…"
August - 1909
04"I returned to Lake Naivasha, stopping on the way at Kijabe to lay the corner-stone of the new mission building."
September - 1909
02"...I found two newly born oryx calves. The color of the oryx made them less visible than hartbeest when a long way off on the dry plains."
06"... we were all together again at Meru boma, on the northeastern slopes of Kenia…"
21Safari splits with TR heading for Guaso Nyero.
October - 1909
21Safari reaches Nairobi.
26"Tarlton, Kermit, Heller, and I started from the railroad-station of Londiani, for the Uasin Gishu plateau and the 'Nzoi River…"
27"...we were marching hard, and I had no chance to hunt; I would have liked to take a hunt, because it was my birthday."
November - 1909
12Kermit kills a leopard near the 'Nzor River.
20With the Nandi warriors in Sergoi. "... I did not care to assist as a mere spectator at any more lion-hunts, no matter how exciting -though to do so once was well worth while."
30Arrives at Londiani: "...we were about to leave East Africa, and could only take a few of our personal attendants with us into Uganda and the Nile Valley."
December - 1909
18Leaves Nairobi for Lake Victoria Nyanza. The "Pigskin Library" includes "Cervantes, Goethe's 'Faust,' Moliere, Pascal, Montaigne, St. Simon, Darwin's 'Voyage of the Beagle,' and Huxley's 'Essays.'"
20"... we landed at Entebbe, the seat of the English governor of Uganda."
22Crosses the Nyanza Lake by steamer.
23In Campalla.
29Dines on elephant trunk soup from the beast he and Kermit disposed of the preceding evening.
January - 1910
03After crossing the little Kafu River, "we entered the native kingdom of Unyoro...part of the British protectorate of Uganda [and] halted for a day at Hoima…"
05Arrives at Butiaba on the shores of Lake Albert Nyanza after a march of 160 miles from Lake Victoria.
07Camping along the Nile in Lado country.
08Rhinoceros hunting in the Lado. Shoots cow and calf for the National Museum. Kermit gets the bull.
10Fighting fires on the African plains.
February - 1910
17"safari left Nimule on its ten days' march to Gondokoro"
27In Gondokoro.
28"we started down the Nile, slipping easily along on the rapid current, which wound and twisted through stretches of reeds and marsh-grass and papyrus."
March - 1910
04"steaming slowly along the reedy; water-soaked shores of Lake No."
15Year long Safari concludes in Khartoum.
May - 1910
05Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Christiania, Norway. "We despise and abhor the bully, the brawler, the oppressor, whether in private or public life; but we despise no less the coward and the voluptuary. No man is worth calling a man who will not fight rather than submit to infamy or see those that are dear to him [suffer] wrong."
August - 1910
31Speech at Osawatomie, KN.
September - 1910
08Speech at Freeport, IL.
October - 1910
24Speech at Binghamton, NY.
November - 1910
04Address before the Iowa State Teachers' Association, Des Moines, IA.
December - 1910
13Address before the Chamber of Commerce, New Haven, CN.
March - 1911
21Speech in Los Angeles.
September - 1911
09"I, for one, would rather cut off my hand than see the United States adopt the attitude either of cringing before great and powerful nations who wish to wrong us, or of bullying small and weak nations who have done us no wrong."
February - 1912
10Petition from seven Republican Governors to accept nomination for President if offered.
March - 1912
20Delivers "The Right of People to Rule" while on the offensive against Taft, Carnegie Hall, NYC. Transcript and Sound recording
June - 1912
17Campaigning against Taft at the Auditorium, Chicago, IL.
July - 1912
13Assails Taft in the Outlook: "...President Taft's renomination was stolen for him from the American people and the ratification or rejection of that nomination raises the critical issue whether votes or fraud shall determine the selection of American Presidents."
August - 1912
06Delivers "A Confession of Faith" speech to the national convention of the Progressive party in Chicago. Transcript and Sound recording
24"...For many years the attitude of the Democratic party toward the colored man has been one of brutality, and the attitude of the Republican party toward him one of hypocrisy."
September - 1912
14Address at the Coliseum, San Francisco, CA.
October - 1912
14Shot while entering auditorium in Milwaukee, WI. "The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best."
December - 1912
10Speech in Chicago, IL.
28Address at the Conference on Military History, Boston, MA.
July - 1913
14"...our party gathered at the comfortable El Tovar Hotel, on the edge of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado, and therefore overlooking the most wonderful scenery in the world."
November - 1913
21"...we crossed the Andes into Chile by rail."
December - 1913
01Observes red-backed tyrant "near Barilloche, out on the bare Patagonian plains."
09"...we left the attractive and picturesque city of Asuncion to ascend the Paraguay."
10Arrives in Concepcion and fishes for piranha. "The only redeeming feature about them is that they are themselves fairly good to eat, although with too many bones."
12Meets Colonel Rondon on the boundary of Brazil and listens to numerous piranha stories.
13"Caymans were becoming more plentiful. The ugly brutes lay on the sand-flats and mud banks like logs, always with the head raised, sometimes with the jaws open...it is good to shoot them. I killed half a dozen…"
25Arrives Corumba.
27Bags ant-eater.
January - 1914
09Bags tapir.
14Jaguar hunting in Brazil after "a good New Year's Day breakfast of hardtack, ham, sardines, and coffee."
16Reaches Tapirapoan, along River of Tapirs, headquarters of the Telegraphic Commission.
February - 1914
03Party leaves Utiarity "to enter a still wilder region, the land of the naked Nhambiquaras."
04"We started into the 'sertao', as Brazilians call the wilderness...Skeletons of mules and oxen were more frequent ; and once or twice by the wayside we passed the graves of officers or men who had died on the road...We camped on the west bank of the Burity River."
05"We camped at the headwaters of a little brook called Huatsui, which is Parecis for 'monkey.'"
06"Our camp on the fourth night was in a beautiful spot, an open grassy space, beside a clear, cool, rushing little river. "
08Crosses the Juruena. " The Juruena is the name by which the Tapajos goes along its upper course."
15Expedition arrives at Campos Novos.
17Arrives Vilhena, "a watershed which drained into the Gy-Parana", from Campos Novos.
21Kermit comes across a band of Nhambiquaras and brings them back to camp.
22Arrives at Brazilian government cattle ranch in Tres Burity.
23Tres Burity to Bonofacio.
24Departs Bonofacio for embarkation on the Duvida, 13 miles distant. Books for the trip included "the last two volumes of Gibbon, the plays of Sophocles, More's "Utopia," "Marcus Aurelius," and "Epictetus"
27"shortly after midday, we started down the River of Doubt into the unknown."
March - 1914
01"Cherrie shot a large dark-gray monkey with a prehensile tail. It was very good eating."
02"We soon found that the rapids were a serious obstacle. There were many curls, and one or two regular falls, perhaps six feet high. It would have been impossible to run them, and they stretched for nearly a mile."
03Start of portage of Navaite Rapids.
05Completes portage of Navaite Rapids.
07Portage #2 - Three days
11Party loses two canoes in the Broken Canoe Rapids.
14After three days work, the replacement canoes have been hewn from the Brazialian jungle and the journey down the River of Doubt continues.
15"In these Rapids died poor Simplicio." Kermit also came close to his demise in this stretch of water. " the fear of some fatal accident befalling him was always a nightmare to me."
16Loss of another canoe. Dog Lobo killed by Indians. "We had been gone eighteen days. We had used over a third of our food. We had gone only one hundred and twenty-five kilometers, and it was probable that we had at least five times, perhaps six or seven times, this distance still to go."
17Another portage. Arrival at Rio Kermit
18Colonel Rondon " formally christened it [Duvida] the Rio Roosevelt."
22After several days stop to build new canoes, party sets out.
28Three day portage through steep canyon. "I thought I had put my clothes out of reach, [but] both the termites and the carregadores ants got at them, ate holes in one boot, ate one leg of my drawers, and riddled my handkerchief..."
April - 1914
02"We had been exactly a month going through an uninterrupted succession of rapids. During that month we had come only about one hundred and ten kilometers, and had descended nearly one hundred and fifty meters-the figures."
03"Under such conditions whatever is evil in men's natures comes to the front." A porter, Julio, kills another porter and runs into the jungle.
04Injures leg while preventing destruction of yet another canoe. George K. Cherrie, expedition naturalist, stated " ...the first night after that accident that he was seriously ill, his temperature going up to something like one hundred and five degrees."
06Julio is sighted along the river. Request to be brought into captivity are rebuffed and the murderer is left in the jungle.
07" The huge catfish which the men had caught was over three feet and a half long…[which] contained the nearly digested remains of a monkey. "
10Repeated portages leads to the remark "How I longed for a big Maine birchbark, such as that in which I once went down the Mattawamkeag at high water ! It would have slipped down these rapids as a girl trips through a country-dance."
15"We had come over three hundred kilometers in forty-eight days, over absolutely unknown ground; we had seen no human being, although we had twice heard Indians."
26"We had been two months in the canoes … [and] had put on the map a river nearly one thousand kilometers in length of which the existence was not merely unknown but impossible if the standard maps were correct."
May - 1914
07"…We bade good-by to our kind Brazilian friends and sailed northward for Barbados and New York."
January - 1915
06Article on John Muir in The Outlook.
13Article in The Outlook eulogizing Admiral Mahan, author of "The Influence of Sea Power upon History."
May - 1915
09Lusitania sunk by German submarine.
June - 1915
07Visits John M. Parker in Pass Christian, MS
July - 1915
23Speech at the American Historical Congress in San Francisco, CA.
October - 1915
12Address to Knights of Columbus, Carnegie Hall, NYC.
November - 1916
03A slightly abrasive critique of Wilson given at Cooper Union, NYC. " There can be no greater misfortune for a free nation than to find itself under incapable leadership when confronted by a great crisis...The times have needed a Washington or a Lincoln. Unfortunately we have been granted only another Buchanan."
February - 1917
02Writes letter to Secretary of War requesting permission to "raise a Division of Infantry, with a divisional brigade of cavalry in the event of war (possibly with the permission to make one or two of the brigades of infantry, mounted infantry)." Request denied.
March - 1917
19"In view of the fact that Germany is now actually engaged in war with us, I again earnestly ask permission to be allowed to raise a division for immediate service at the front." Request rejected the following day.
25Arrives Punta Gorda, FL in search of Devil Fish
November - 1917
20Article in Kansas City Star on Germany and her allies.
December - 1917
07Article in Kansas City Star berates Wilson. "...he is engaged in the betrayal of democracy...The President's proposal represents three separate betrayals."
21" When President Wilson says : 'We do not wish in any way to rearrange the Austria-Hungarian Empire; it is no affair of ours what they do,' he is engaged in the betrayal of democracy…"
July - 1918
16Quentin dies, shot down over France.
18Republican State Convention, Saratoga Springs, NY.
October - 1918
31Mocks President Wilson in The Kansas City Star with article titled "Fourteen Scraps of Paper."
November - 1918
13"There must be so many mothers who feel that they have laid their sacrifice on cold altars...No great triumph is ever won save by the payment of the necessary cost."
January - 1919
06Dies at age 60. "...the most influential and representative American of his generation."



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