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Brave and thoughtful to the last,
our President was true to his soldier’s training.
“A nation rebuilt” may almost be
the description of what was done under Mr. McKinley’s administration.
It should not escape attention that
of all the long line of illustrious Presidents, Theodore Roosevelt
is the first to be born and brought up in a great city. Other Presidents
have passed over to cities, and so have become more or less identified
with city conditions and city life, notably Presidents Arthur, Cleveland
and Harrison; but Mr. Roosevelt is the first President to represent
and to reflect in his every fiber the cosmopolitanism of the great
modern city, and that city—New York. [omit] 
Theodore Roosevelt is the first president
of New York birth. He is also the youngest man that ever reached
the presidency, being now only 43. He was born at a time of tremendous
political excitement, the year previous to Lincoln’s election, when
the nation was con-  vulsed
with that great question which so soon led to the Civil War. The
Roosevelts are one of the oldest New York families and the first
directory contains Isaac Roosevelt and Son, sugar refiners, No.
152 Queen street, now Pearl. Isaac Roosevelt was the first president
of the Bank of New York, the first bank ever started in that city,
and since then the family has been noted as solid business men whose
wealth was alike free from vanity or vice and who sought no public
distinction. It was a good stock to spring from and one which might
naturally produce such a man as our new chief magistrate.