Saturday, March 21, 2015

Colonel Roosevelt

Welcome to Teddy Roosevelt Week! We will be looking at pictures of one of my favorite presidents. Roosevelt was genuinely a larger than life character who simply would not be stopped. This picture of him was during his brief time in the military when he led the Rough Riders in the Cuban War. Below is one of my favorite quotes of Roosevelt:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.


  1. This looks like one of those official portraits the military does so well. I didn't know they did them back then. He looks so incredibly young. What does the "V" stand for in the "USV" on his collar? I'm guessing "Volunteer," for a unit of volunteers, but I'm forgetting that detail of his service in Cuba. I think I remember that the Rough Riders wasn't the name of the unit originally, but the name they won for themselves under TR's leadership for their valor.

    1. 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry. I believe there were to additional units of this type, and there's some dispute as to which one was thought of first.

      While the 1st recruited nationwide, each of the three was somewhat regional in nature to a degree.

  2. Wonderful photo and quote. Thank you!
    -Anne K.


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