SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield Public Library will present Teddy Roosevelt: American in the Arena on Saturday April 1 at 1pm.  This program is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The program is funded by the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Outdoorsman, War Hero, Naturalist, Nobel Prize Winner.  Theodore Roosevelt was the second of four children born to a wealthy New York Family.  Sickly in his youth, he dedicated himself to a physical regimen and became an avid outdoorsman and naturalist, who later promoted the conservation movement. He attended Harvard University, where he studied biology and boxed.  Only one year out of college, he was elected to the New York State Assembly. His accomplishments were plentiful and diverse and range widely and seemingly incongruently from being a war hero to being a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.


When President McKinley was assassinated in 1901, Roosevelt (then Vice President) stepped in to the Presidency. In his tenure, he promoted progressivism and strong government control of business. In 1904, he won the largest percentage of the popular vote since the uncontested election of 1820, making him the first Vice President to be elected to the position after initially taking on the role due to the death of a current President.  Roosevelt described his domestic political agenda as a “Square Deal” to emphasize his commitment to ensure that the average citizen would get a “fair share” under his leadership. The slogan “Speak softly and carry a big stick, and you will go far” lives on well beyond the life of this remarkable man.  Teddy Roosevelt will be portrayed by Peyton Dixon. Come hear Teddy in his own words.  This program is produced by the American Historical Theatre.  To sign up for the program, contact the South Plainfield Library at 908-754-7885.  For more information about the Horizons Speakers Bureau please visit http://njch.org/programs/hsb/.