The Bull Moose and Rough Rider himself, President Theodore Roosevelt Jr., swung through Lucketts Elementary School, Heritage High School, and Loudoun Country Day School Tuesday morning to offer a few lessons from his life at the turn of the last century to students today.
Roosevelt historian and impersonator Joe Wiegand, who has performed as America’s storied 26th president across the country, on his show The Teddy Roosevelt Show, and at the White House for Roosevelt’s 150th birthday brought his encyclopedic knowledge of the Mt. Rushmore alum to Loudoun. Here, as Roosevelt, he spoke to students about Roosevelt’s history, character, and conservation work, as well as taking questions.
Roosevelt, a veteran of the Spanish-American War, served as president from 1901 to 1909, after the assassination of President William McKinley. He made conservation a priority, emphasized American naval power around the globe, broke up trusts, and regulated railroads, food and drugs. He also founded the short-lived “Bull Moose” party advocating for wide-ranging progressive reforms after leaving the presidency. He died in 1919 at age 60.