American Biography; A New Cyclopedia Volume 6

American Biography; A New Cyclopedia Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...for this the president was largely responsible. His administration came to an end March 4, 1909, when his successor William H. Taft was inaugurated. He drove to the Capitol with President Taft and immediately after the inaugural address drove directly to the railway station, a private citizen. It should be noted that President Roosevelt was elected to succeed himself in the presidential office November 8, 1904, by the largest popular majority ever accorded a candidate, 2,542,062. Perhaps the most conspicuous act of his second administration was the offer to act as mediator between Russia and Japan in 1906, an offer which resulted in the ending of war between those countries, a treaty of peace following. For this he was awarded the Nobel Peace prize ($40,000) which he used to endow the foundation for the Promotion of Industrial Peace. That money was never used, and in 1918 he applied to have it returned to him. Upon coming into possession of the money he devoted it to war relief work through the regular organization. After a few days spent at Oyster Bay the ex-president on March 23, 1909, sailed for Africa in charge of a scientific expedition sent out by the Smithsonian Institution to collect birds, mammals, reptiles and plants, but especially specimens of big game for the National Museum at Washington. Speaking of that trip before starting, he said that "Nothing will be shot unless for food, or for preservation as a specimen or unless the animal is of a noxious kind. There will be no wanton destruction whatever." While in Africa he wrote: As a matter of fact every animal I have shot, except six or eight for food, has been carefully preserved for the National Museum. I can be condemned only if the National Museum, the American...show more

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  • Paperback | 202 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123681424X
  • 9781236814241