1998 32¢ President Theodore Roosevelt
Celebrate the Century – 1900s
Issue Date: February 3, 1998
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Ashton-Potter (USA) Ltd
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: 11 ½
Theodore Roosevelt was known as a man of action even before he became president. To Americans he was “T.R.” or “Teddy.” He became their hero during the Spanish-American War in 1898 as commander of the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry. He led these famous “Rough Riders” to victory at San Juan Hill in Cuba. Only three years later, he would be faced with leading a nation into a new century and a new era.
Elected as William McKinley’s vice president in 1900, Roosevelt took the oath of office 10 months later after McKinley was fatally shot. At 42, he became America’s youngest president. With characteristic energy, he promised the public a “square deal,” and began the work of balancing the interests of farmers, workers, and businessmen. He continued this work after his re-election for a full term as president in 1904.
Teddy fought for reforms to regulate the railroads and the food and drug industries. He challenged the power of big business trusts. He also worked to conserve the nation’s forests and natural resources. Roosevelt believed in strong leadership at home and was assertive in foreign affairs. T.R. began construction of the Panama Canal and helped end the Russo-Japanese War. He established the United States as a world leader and a world power.