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President Theodore Roosevelt had a lifelong connection to the Smithsonian. He signed the bill authorizing the construction of a new building for the Museum (today the National Museum of Natural History), which opened its doors to the public 100 years ago. While on a post-presidency expedition to East Africa, jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian, he collected many animals for the Museum. These specimens formed the basis of one of the Museum's most popular exhibits for much of its first…

President Theodore Roosevelt had a lifelong connection to the Smithsonian. He signed the bill authorizing the construction of a new building for the Museum (today the National Museum of Natural History), which opened its doors to the public 100 years ago. While on a post-presidency expedition to East Africa, jointly sponsored by the Smithsonian, he collected many animals for the Museum. These specimens formed the basis of one of the Museum's most popular exhibits for much of its first…

Theodore Roosevelt with Alice Lee Hathaway left and her cousin. Young Roosevelt displays a fashion consciousness that prompted future fellow New York Assemblymen to call him 'The Dude.' Ca. 1880.

Theodore Roosevelt With Alice Lee Canvas Print / Canvas Art by Everett

Theodore Roosevelt with Alice Lee Hathaway left and her cousin. Young Roosevelt displays a fashion consciousness that prompted future fellow New York Assemblymen to call him 'The Dude.' Ca. 1880.

Four year old Teddie Theodore Roosevelt in 1862. TR suffered greatly from asthma causing him to be sick frequently.

Four year old Teddie Theodore Roosevelt in 1862. TR suffered greatly from asthma causing him to be sick frequently.

TR learned of the death of his youngest son Quentin in July of 1918. Quentin, a fighter pilot for the US Army Air Corps in WW1, was shot down behind enemy lines.    "Grandfather" Roosevelt hugs baby granddaughter Edith Roosevelt Derby, 1918.

TR learned of the death of his youngest son Quentin in July of 1918. Quentin, a fighter pilot for the US Army Air Corps in WW1, was shot down behind enemy lines. "Grandfather" Roosevelt hugs baby granddaughter Edith Roosevelt Derby, 1918.

Theodore Roosevelt's favorite photo of his wife, Edith Roosevelt, probably around 1903. From the Roosevelt family scrapbooks, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.

Theodore Roosevelt's favorite photo of his wife, Edith Roosevelt, probably around 1903. From the Roosevelt family scrapbooks, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs division.

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