Teddy Roosevelt: Archetype of Masculinity (Introduction)


Anyone who has committed the time to do significant research into Theodore Roosevelt’s life and accomplishments surely knows that he was not a man to mess with. Arguably the most accomplished US president, and perhaps person ever to live, Teddy’s actions and beliefs should be a staple of study for any and all aspiring leaders. A man of great strengths in physical, emotional and intellectual terms, he exuded the definition of modern masculinity. This series will outline events that occurred in Roosevelt’s life that allow us a glimpse into the mind of the president that brought our great country into the 20th century and drove the initial carriage of social activism and political reform known as the progressive era that continues today.

Tomato Tuesday will go into depth on the traits that Roosevelt modeled which define masculinity, and offer ways that budding leaders can imitate his persona in order to grow into themselves and be successful.

  • Young Teddy was plagued with illnesses and disease that he resolved to overcome.
  • Teddy suffered great losses, including the death of his wife and mother on the same day.
  • Teddy was a curious intellectual, and resolved to be a lifelong learner.
  • Teddy refused to be taken advantage of, but conducted himself in a gentlemanly manner.
  • Teddy could not bare to be a burden on others.
  • Teddy refused to remain complacent, physically or otherwise, and abhorred moral laxity.

Tomato Tuesday by no means wishes to attempt to encompass all of Roosevelt’s accomplishments (that’s what a biography’s for) but seeks to highlight some of the most noteworthy and examine how they coincide with masculine vigor and virtue. Before reading on, I suggest you watch this short refresher on Roosevelt’s life.