According to The New York World in April of 1884, Roosevelt’s nose shows a benevolent nature and an investigative mind. The study of physiognomy was quite common in the late 19th and early 20th centuries which would explain why a study like this was published in the newspaper. Still, who knew we could learn so much from a person’s nose?!
Roosevelt was concluding a long speaking tour, ostensibly helping out other Republicans by bolstering their 1910 campaign efforts. He was never happier than when surrounded by well-wishers, and his old stomping grounds were full of them. Fargo’s population more than doubled with cheering supporters during Roosevelt’s short visit.
As part of his stopover in Fargo, former President Roosevelt laid the cornerstone at the brand-new Carnegie Library on the campus of Fargo College.
Fargo, North Dakota, was barely more than a whistle-stop on his return trip to Oyster Bay, but he managed to give two important speeches, meet up with old friends, headline a parade, and express the memorable sentiment that he’d never have been president had it not been for his experiences in North Dakota when he was a young man.
As I read through letters that Roosevelt wrote, mainly to his sister Anna Roosevelt Cowles, I couldn’t help but feel some connection with him. This may seem quite strange! What does a college student in 2011 have in common with Theodore Roosevelt? Well more than you would think actually. As hard as it may be to believe Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America, was very much your typical college student.
On April 15, 1907, Theodore Roosevelt sent off this press release “to the school children of the United States.” He wrote to them on the occasion of Arbor Day, which in North Dakota, is celebrated today this year.