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Jacob A. Riis (1849–1914). Theodore Roosevelt, the Citizen. 1904.

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II. What He Got Out of College
  RATHER a delicate-looking young fellow yet, not over a hundred and thirty pounds on the scales, slender of frame and slim of waist, was the Theodore Roosevelt who made his entry into Harvard while the country yet rang with the echoes of the Electoral Commission and of the destructive railroad riots of the summer that followed. They were troublous times to begin life in, and one would naturally think that they would leave their mark upon a spirit like Roosevelt’s. I know that they did, but the evidence of it does not lie on the surface. Neither in the memory of his classmates nor in his record as an editor of the “Advocate” is there anything to suggest it. I was in Pennsylvania during those riots, when militiamen were burned like