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Teddy Roosevelt

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Roosevelt was the president who started the whole National parks concept, taking millions of acres and setting them aside for the common man, land that would normally fall into the hands of the rich timber barons, like Elijah Riddell, my great-great grandfather.

…Roosevelt and Pinchot worked as crusaders to preserve the beauty of a world which had existed long before them and yet which was being rapidly destroyed in the name of progress.  Both men came from terribly rich families, but they took a position of advocating for all people, not just the rich.  They believed that some things were too good for one person to own.

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