Theodore Roosevelt: A Biography

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Chapter XVI
YEARNINGS AND CONSUMMATION

THREE paths to the presidential nomination in 1904 opened before Roosevelt while he was governor of New York. One was to seek reëlection. The second was to achieve appointment as Secretary of War under McKinley. The third, and in Roosevelt's mind the least promising, was the Vice-presidential nomination.

Any governor of so important a State as New York is a possible candidate for President. On the day after he was elected in 1898, Roosevelt was told by a newspaper correspondent that "a clear trail" led from Albany to Washington. Again, as when the subject had been mentioned at police headquarters, Roosevelt exhibited irritation and alarm. He insisted that nothing of the sort was in his mind.1 This, of course, was not true, but it is to his credit that he compromised as little as he did.

Public comment on Roosevelt's presidential aspirations started in March, 1899, to the annoyance of the party leaders pledged to a renomination for McKinley. Mr. Depew said in May that the President was certain to be named and that Roosevelt did not want the Vice-presidency. He would continue as governor of New York for two more years, "but look out for him in 1904. . . there will be a regular Roosevelt deluge."2Depew did not hint that Platt might refuse to tolerate another term at Albany for Roosevelt.

Roosevelt did not deceive himself about 1900. He told Lodge in April, 1899, that McKinley would be chosen.3 In June, however, he attended a Rough Rider reunion in New Mexico and was astonished at the throngs which greeted him "exactly as if I had been a Presidential candidate."4 The New York Times"> was amused over the enthusiasm being shown for Roosevelt, and intimated that he was debating his presidential chances. Had the governor of New York no consideration for poor Mr. McKinley, no feeling for "a weary President. . . who, when he read of these exploits. . . wondered how it is that with 7,000,000

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1
RHP, Governor.
2
New York Herald, May 6, 1899.
3
Lodge, H. C., Op. cit., Vol. I, p. 399.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword vii
  • Contents ix
  • Illustrations xi
  • Book I 1
  • Chapter I - Teedie 3
  • Chapter II - Growth 16
  • Chapter III - Thou Goddess, Indifference! 26
  • Chapter IV - Alice Lee 40
  • Chapter V - Butter and Jam 54
  • Chapter VI - I Rose like a Rocket 65
  • Chapter VII - Practical Politician 79
  • Chapter VIII - Gentleman Cowhand 92
  • Chapter IX - The Years Between 106
  • Chapter X - A Job Once More 120
  • Chapter XI - Sword of Righteousness 132
  • Chapter XII - The Nation in Peril 152
  • Chapter XIII - Lord of the Navy 165
  • Chapter XIV - A Bully Fight 181
  • Chapter XV - Reward for a Hero 201
  • Chapter XVI - Yearnings and Consummation 216
  • Book II 235
  • Chapter I - Middle of the Road 237
  • Chapter II - The First Attack 251
  • Chapter III - The Rights of Labor 264
  • Chapter IV - The Big Stick 279
  • Chapter V - Setting for a Melodrama 301
  • Chapter VI - I Took Panama 315
  • Chapter VII - Trimming Sail 339
  • Chapter VIII - The Imperial Years Begin 359
  • Chapter IX - Imperial Years 372
  • Chapter X - The Japanese Menace 398
  • Chapter XI - Malefactors of Great Wealth 413
  • Chapter XII - The Wicked Speculators 432
  • Chaper XIII - Substantial Justice 446
  • Chapter XIV - Handing Down the Law 465
  • Chapter XV - End of the Reign 476
  • Book III 495
  • Chapter I - The First Error 497
  • Chapter II - Among the Kings 508
  • Chapter III - Return Triumphant 525
  • Chapter IV - True Democracy 540
  • Chapter V - Battling for the Lord 553
  • Chapter VI - Drums of War 572
  • Chapter VII - The Final Blow 589
  • Appendix 605
  • Bibliography 607
  • Index 613
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