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THE THREE T. R.'s

Photograph by Walter Scott Shirir, 1915

THEODORE ROOSEVELT ON HIS GRADUATION FROM HAR-
VARD COLLEGE IN 1880

Photograph by Notman, Boston

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FACSIMILE OF LETTER WRITTEN BY ROOSEVELT AFTER HIS

ELECTION TO THE NEW YORK ASSEMBLY IN 1881

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ROOSEVELT WHEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES . 118

Photograph by E. S. Curtis, 1904
MR. AND Mrs. ROOSEVELT WITH THEIR GRANDSON
RICHARD DERBY, JR.

196 Photograph by the Campbell Studio, 1915 !

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CHAPTER I

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FROM THE TIME OF HIS GOING TO COLLEGE IN 1876 UNTIL HE BECAME PRESIDENT İN 1901 HAVE known Theodore Roosevelt since we

entered Harvard together in the autumn of 1876. I knew him intimately in college; and, while I have seen him only at irregular intervals since we graduated in 1880, I have always followed his career closely and with the most intense interest. Through all these years I have had very definite views of his character which I have never seen any occasion to change. These views differ radically from those held by many people. I purpose to express them here, and if no one shall find the recital either instructive or interesting, it will at least be a satisfaction to me to leave a record of my estimate of a man whom I have known and loved for nearly forty years. This is in no sense a history or even a finished sketch of his life. It is a record of my personal impressions, fortified by such facts as

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