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Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 and died on January 6, 1919. He was elected president on September 14, 1809. He served as governor of New York from 1898 to 1900.

He made Bible reading and Bible study a big part of his everyday life. He encouraged others to take partake of its great wisdom. “A thorough knowledge of the Bible is better than a college education,” He argued.

He quoted the Bible often, putting verses in his letters and speeches. One biographical archivist examined just his published works and found that he had so integrated Scripture into his thought processed that there were actually more than 4,200 biblical images, references, inferences, and complete quotations contained therein. And his unpublished letters, articles, and speeches contained hundreds-perhaps even thousands more.

On June 2, 1902, during the height of an extremely tense diplomatic showdown with Britain and Germany over their forcible recovery of debt service in Venezuela, several key military advisors were summoned to the White House. Upon entering Roosevelt’s office they found him pouring over a well worn Bible and an exhaustive concordance. After a long and uncomfortable silence during which the president failed to acknowledge their presence, one of the generals cleared his throat and addressed the great man: “You asked for us, sir?” Without looking up from the books before him the president responded, “Well don’t just stand there, men. I need help. I can’t remember why I hold to the Monroe Doctrine. I know that it’s got to be in here somewhere.” Still not quite comprehending what it was that he wanted them to do, the men moved toward his desk whereupon the president handed each of them a Bible of there own to peruse. “Get to work, men,” he told them. “I can’t act without warrant. I can’t pronounce without precedence of precept.” His favorite hymn was ‘How Firm a Foundation.’

Sources
P. L. Tan, Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustration. (Garland TX: Bible Communications, 1996, c1979).
George Grant & Gregory Wilbur The Christian Almanac. (Nashville: Cumberland 2000), pp. 328-329

(Courtesy of Berean Bible Heritage Churches)

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