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Roosevelt, Theodore Administration

Theodore roosevelt (1858–1919) was the first American president (1901–09) to successfully promote conservation as an issue important to domestic politics. His passion for conservation grew from his lifelong interest in natural history and hunting. As a boy, he kept meticulous notebooks describing the natural world and collected specimens in order to make accurate observations about the physical characteristics of wildlife.

Early Influences

Roosevelt never outgrew his childhood interest in the natural world. From his ranch in North Dakota he wrote several books drawing on his experiences on the Western frontier. Among his writings are: Hunting Trips of a Ranchman (1885), The Winning of the West (1889–96) and Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail (1888). While living on the ranch Roosevelt became concerned over disappearing wildlife habitat, which ...

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