•  Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace N.H.S.

    Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

    National Historic Site New York

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  • The Upper Gallery is currently closed for renovations.

    These renovations will improve preservation of artifacts and enhance the visitor experience. The Lower Gallery has been reopened, its exhibits are methodically being returned. Period room tours are offered at the regularly scheduled times.

T.R. Sound Recordings

'His Master's Voice' by C.J. Budd

This political cartoon entitled 'His Master's Voice' by C.J. Budd captures Roosevelt's tenacious speaking abilities. During his bid for a third presidential term, he repeatedly tells the Grand Old Party elephant, "I am it!"
The record player bears the quote: "I'll name the compromise candidate. He will be me."

As long-time friend Jacob Riis once said of Theodore Roosevelt: "When he speaks, there is not often much applause, and when there is, he often raises his hand with a warning gesture to stop it. Both his hearers and he are much too interested in the thing he says to pay great heed to the way he says it. But when it is over, his hearers go away, thinking. They know exactly what he meant, and, for the best of reasons—he did."

Theodore Roosevelt was a consummate orator and often drew large crowds. Most of his speeches were not recorded, although he made some cylinder recordings for the Edison Company as well as some 78 r.p.m. discs for the Victor Talking Machine Company.

The following links will redirect you to voice libraries where you can listen to recordings of Theodore Roosevelt:

The Library of Congress

Michigan State University-Vincent Voice Library

Did You Know?

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Theodore's father was one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History. In 1869, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. along with the museum's other founders signed the museum's charter in the parlor of the Roosevelt home at 28 East 20th Street.