Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1858, Theodore Roosevelt (who did not like to be called “Teddy”) the 26th President of the United States, is born in New York City.

He was the leader of the Rough Riders, and the Governor of New York. At 43, he became the youngest president ever when President William McKinley was assassinated.

Roosevelt busted up monopolies, and set aside land for America’s first national parks and monuments. In another American first, he was the first American to win a Nobel Prize in any category.

A “Big Stick” and a Bible

“Speak softly and carry a big stick,” a West African proverb he used, characterized his approach to foreign policy.

The following quote characterized his approach to the Bible:

“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes… that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally… impossible for us to figure to ourselves what that life would be if these teachings were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals[.]”

Larger-than-life, here’s a photo that showcases his gregarious nature. You may also recognize him from Mount Rushmore.

Theodore Roosevelt

On this day in 1927, the work of carving and sculpting the Mount Rushmore National Memorial begins. The project was declared complete on October 31, 1941.

The iconic granite sculpture, attracts millions annually to the Black Hills of South Dakota.

According to sculptor Gutzon Borglum, “The purpose of the memorial is to communicate the founding, expansion, preservation, and unification of the United States with colossal statues of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.”

With that stated purpose in mind, what follows is a ‘Mount Rushmore’ of quotes from the aforementioned presidents. Two of these quotes adorn Our Lost Founding shirts:

George Washington
“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the invisible hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the People of the United States.”

Thomas Jefferson
“I shall need, too, the favor of that Being in whose hands we are, who led our forefathers, as Israel of old, from their native land and planted them in a country flowing with all the necessities and comforts of life, who has covered our infancy with His Providence and our riper years with His wisdom and power

Abraham Lincoln
“In regard to this Great book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man’s welfare, here and hereafter, are to be found portrayed in it.”

Theodore Roosevelt
“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what life would be if these standards were removed.”


Finally, here is your humble Our Lost Founding Founder at our National Memorial:


Me at Mount Rushmore, Summer 2019