Written by Sadiqa Reynolds, CNN
North Dakota will soon be known for more than its prairie. A bronze statue of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, measuring over 4,000 pounds and standing 6 feet, 1 inch tall, is being erected at the state’s Theodore Roosevelt Dam and Visitor Center.
The memorial will be the third at the official presidential library, located outside North Dakota’s capital, Bismarck. Built in 2002, the library is home to Roosevelt’s original files, signed documents and photographs — along with a stellar collection of presidential memorabilia.
Born into slavery in Ohio in 1855, Roosevelt, along with Woodrow Wilson, represented American vision for the future in the belief that large-scale industry was a key to national development. He became the third president of the United States in 1901, and put into action his beliefs that “that government should be conceived, and ought to be carried out, in such a manner as to create just and lasting conditions under which the energies of the American people might be fully utilized to the advantage of their country and its citizens.”
Raised in a family of livestock, Roosevelt trained to be a pilot, in both America and the United Kingdom. Following the Civil War, he would send numerous expeditions and magazine articles to form a clear opinion on how to effectively use agriculture and fishing to rebuild the country. In 1902, he wrote the paper, “Two hundred years of Heritage.” While the official title was believed to be the “Presidents’ Report,” it became the blueprint for the national policy that would lead to the Federal Reserve and the creation of Social Security.