Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 and died on January 6, 1919. He served as governor of New York from 1898 to 1900. He was elected vice president in 1900, and when President McKinley died, became President of the United States on September 14, 1901. He was re-elected in 1904.
He made Bible reading and Bible study a big part of his everyday life. He encouraged others to take partake of its great wisdom. “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is better than a college education. To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society. There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility,” He argued.
He quoted the Bible often, putting verses in his letters and speeches. One biographical archivist examined just his published works and found that he had so integrated Scripture into his thought processed that there were actually more than 4,200 biblical images, references, inferences, and complete quotations contained therein. And his unpublished letters, articles, and speeches contained hundreds-perhaps even thousands more.
In early nineteen-hundreds, Venezuela ceased payments on its more than $32 million debt to various European countries. The Monroe Doctrine had been put in place in 1823 to prevent European powers from re-colonizing or interfering with affairs in the Western Hemisphere. The Venezuelan Crisis resulted in a German naval blockade imposed on Venezuela. The United States feared that what started as simple debt collection might become occupation and invasion. Because of this, Roosevelt extended the Monroe Doctrine with “Roosevelt's Corollary” which stated that the United States would see that Latin American countries paid their debts and remained stable and orderly. There would be no interference if everyone behaved themselves. Allegedly, on June 2, 1902, during this crisis, several key military advisers were summoned to the White House. Upon entering Roosevelt’s office they found him poring over a well worn Bible and an exhaustive concordance. After a long and uncomfortable silence during which the president failed to acknowledge their presence, one of the generals cleared his throat and addressed the great man: “You asked for us, sir?” Without looking up from the books before him the president responded, “Well don’t just stand there, men. I need help. I can’t remember why I hold to the Monroe Doctrine. I know that it’s got to be in here somewhere.” Still not quite comprehending what it was that he wanted them to do, the men moved toward his desk whereupon the president handed each of them a Bible of their own to peruse. “Get to work, men,” he told them. “I can’t act without warrant. I can’t pronounce without precedence of precept.”
His favorite hymn was ‘How Firm a Foundation.’
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