As stated by the National Park Service, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was chosen as one of four American Presidents enshrined on Mount Rushmore because he "provided leadership when America experienced rapid economic growth as it entered the 20th Century." Roosevelt helped build the Panama Canal, launched the Great White fleet on a world tour of naval power and stood up for the rights of working class individuals.Know More
Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota and is named after New York lawyer Charles E. Rushmore. Gutzon Borglum sculpted four presidents into the southeastern face of the mountain over a period of 14 years between October 1927 to October 1941. Likenesses of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were carved into rock.
Roosevelt's face was the last to be completed and was dedicated in July 1939. The 26th president of the United States rose to the office at the age of 42, the youngest chief executive in history, after the assassination of William McKinley in 1901. Roosevelt owned a ranch in South Dakota and helped establish a national park system of public lands.
Mount Rushmore hosts more than 2 million visitors annually. Despite dangerous working conditions due to dynamite blasting, not even one of the 400 workers lost his life on the project. Each head is 60 feet tall. Roosevelt's unique stone face depicts his wire-rimmed glasses and mustache.Learn more about US History
A doctored photograph that appears to show Theodore Roosevelt riding a moose was published in the New York Tribune on Sept. 8, 1912. The photograph was put together by a photography firm called Underwood and likely combined a photo of Roosevelt riding a horse with a separate moose photo.Full Answer >
The American sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose Abraham Lincoln and George Washington for Mount Rushmore due to their popularity and national recognition. He additionally chose Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt as the final two Presidents represented due to their contributions to the birth and growth of the country.Full Answer >
President Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt was shot in the chest during a speech in 1912; Roosevelt not only survived the shot but also continued to deliver his public address. Roosevelt, who was 53 years old at the time, was not serving an active term as president, though he was campaigning for a presidential term as a member of the Progressive Party. Though the shot was accurate and hit in a location that could have done grievous harm to the former president, he had a number of items in his jacket pockets, including the speech text itself and an eyeglasses case, that helped to reduce the bullet's impact.Full Answer >
The last six words of the Gettysburg Address are "shall not perish from the Earth," according to the Gettysburg Foundation, a preservation society that works with the National Park Service. Abraham Lincoln used these words in 1863 to describe the nation and its democratic government.Full Answer >