Ladies & Gentlemen –
Our speaker was born in New York City, New York on October 27, 1858. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and was elected the youngest member of the New York General Assembly.
In the years to follow, he became a cattle rancher in the Dakota Territory and ran unsuccessfully for the New York Mayorship. He served as a United States Civil Service Commissioner, President of the Police Commission of New York City, Assistant Secretary of the United States Navy, Colonel of the 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, Governor of New York, Vice-President and President of the United States, all by the age of 42.
He was the father of six children and the author of over thirty books. He was a big game hunter, a leading ornithologist, and the founder of Boone & Crockett, the nation’s first fair-hunting and conservation organization. During his Presidency, he declared some 230 million acres of national parks, national forests, wildlife refuges, and national monuments. He was indeed, the great conservation president.
Ladies and gentlemen, the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt.
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