Roosevelt started his efforts to preserve Yellowstone National Park as early as 1894 when he as president of the Boone and Crockett Club (a hunters' organization comprised of eminent scientists, lawyers and politicians) worked the Secretary of the Interior to enlarge the park and improve its governance. The resulting legislation provided new levels of protection from commercial development and "ecological destruction". Conservation of natural wonders and natural resources became TR's legacy…
About eighteen years old Theodore Roosevelt (top left) with brother Elliott, sister Corinne and family friend Edith (who would later become his second wife). The look of the eyes and the brow are the same, but the body of TR here, around 1876, is now much stronger, the product of a home gym his father had created for him.
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th and youngest U.S. president, focused on bringing progressive policies to the government and ensuring a strong middle class. He is also largely responsible for the establishment of many national parks
TR learned of the death of his youngest son Quentin in July of 1918. Quentin, a fighter pilot for the US Army Air Corps in WW1, was shot down behind enemy lines. "Grandfather" Roosevelt hugs baby granddaughter Edith Roosevelt Derby, 1918.