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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858–1919)

AS SCION of a prominent and wealthy New York family, Theodore Roosevelt was an unlikely candidate to become a corporate reformer. Roosevelt began his reform career in 1888, serving on the National Civil Service Commission, appointed by Republican Benjamin Harrison and continuing for two more years under Grover Cleveland. Under Republican Mayor William L. Strong, Roosevelt served as president of the New York City Police Commission, where he made a name for himself as a reformer, going after the department's notorious ties to criminal elements and demanding increased professionalism. He was named assistant secretary of the navy during the first William McKinley administration, but resigned to embark on his brief- but-exciting adventures in Cuba during the Spanish American War. Beginning training with his Rough ...

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