Theodore Roosevelt: Hunter-Conservationistby R. L. Wilson
Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist, new from the Boone and Crockett Club, is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, 26th President of the United Statesand hero to hunters and conservationists worldwide.See more details below
Theodore Roosevelt Hunter-Conservationist, new from the Boone and Crockett Club, is a sweeping view of the outdoor life of the rancher, explorer, soldier, statesman, author, 26th President of the United Statesand hero to hunters and conservationists worldwide.
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In the fall of 1882 Roosevelt was re-elected to the assembly by a two-to-one majority. His political career was now in high gear. His unswerving commitment to public morality and his shrill opposition to corruption in government heightened his popularity with the voters. As the epitome of the political moralist, Roosevelt’s stature grew by leaps and bounds. His second term as lawmaker came at a time when Grover Cleveland, a Democrat, was governor of New York. Since both Roosevelt and Cleveland opposed machine politics, they were frequently on the same side on various issues, particularly those involving civil service reforms and the denial of special privileges to business corporations. By the end of his second term Roosevelt’s name had become synonymous with political reform. A political leader of the first rank had emerged out of the crucible of New York politics.Roosevelt had a busy summer in 1883: besides working on his campaign for the coming fall elections, he was also making plans for a trip to the Dakota Badlands.His decision to visit the Dakota Territory was inspired by a chance meeting late in May of 1883 with a former U.S. Naval officer, H.H. Gorringe, when Gorringe was in New York promoting the Little Missouri River area as a hunting and ranching paradise. The two men discussed the territory at length. In the summer of 1883 recurring bad health (asthma and “cholera morbus”), the frustrations of a crusading state assemblyman, and his inveterate hankering for hunting adventure and vigorous exercise induced Roosevelt to take a trip West with Gorringe. He wrote Gorringe that:… I am now being forced to make my plans in regard to the political campaign this Autumn, and so I am anxious to fix, as nearly as is convenient to you, what will be about the dates of our departure and return. I am fond of politics, but fonder still of a little big game hunting. If not too much trouble, could you write me … either telling me about what your plans are, or, better still, appointing a day next week, if possible after Wednesday, when I can see you in person, as I will then be in New York, and am anxious to get your advice as to what to take out west. I have a heavy .45-calibre Sharps rifle, and a double barrel No. 10, which ought to be enough of a battery.Gorringe, however, did not go on the proposed trip.When Theodore Roosevelt stepped off the train in Little Missouri, Dakota Territory, on September 7th, 1883, he stepped onto a stage where the Wild West was playing its final act.
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