Theodore Roosevelt Was America’s First Conservationist President

 

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Theodore Roosevelt
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With more than 35 years of experience in the financial sector, Thomas P. Ivanyi functions as the president and CEO of Private Equity Direct, LLC. Outside of his professional life, Thomas P. Ivanyi enjoys reading nonfiction books about historical figures like former President Theodore Roosevelt.

Commonly remembered for his charismatic personality and the establishment of the Panama Canal, one of Theodore Roosevelt’s most enduring and valuable contributions to American society was the work he did for the environment while in office. A dedicated sportsman hunter, he enjoyed exploring the wildernesses of the United States, especially those in the West, and in 1903, during his presidency, he toured the western half of the country, including the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and Yosemite.

President Roosevelt’s legacy can be seen today in the form of the many places within the National Park System that Americans access for recreation. In his eight years as president, he increased the number of National Park sites two-fold and instigated water reclamation efforts in the country’s driest states.

One of Theodore Roosevelt’s most important conservationist pieces of legislation, however, was his establishment of the Antiquities Act, which allowed him and all succeeding presidents to proclaim historic landmarks and national monuments. Prior to leaving office, he himself designated the Grand Canyon as a national monument.

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