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          Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office and became the twenty-sixth president of he United States on September 14, 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley.  In that same year, he was raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason in Matinecock Lodge No. 806 in Oyster Bay, New York.  During the years of his presidency Brother Roosevelt was active in Masonic affairs and an ardent supporter of Masonic activities.

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America. In Masonic regalia Matinecock Lodge No 806, Freemasonry squared, use, masonic presidents
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of 0America. In Masonic regalia Matinecock Lodge No. 806

          It has been reported that John Morley, English statesman and man of letters, visited the United States during the early years of the twentieth century when Theodore Roosevelt was President of this country.  After finishing the visit and returning to England, Morley wrote, “I saw two tremendous forces of nature while I was in the New World—one was Niagara Falls and the other was the President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt.  And I am not sure which was the more powerful.”  What a tribute to a man!

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John Morley of Viscount

          With poor health during his childhood years, it has been written that Roosevelt’s “determination to rebuild his strength later had a marked effect on his character.”  According to the biographical information about him, he was a man of great achievement.  Roosevelt, whose policy was to “walk softly and carry a big stick,” has been characterized as “one of the most energetic men who ever lived…”

          Attitude, I believe, is the key to accomplishment of this energetic man.  That attitude was made clear in his own words:  “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

          Accomplishment, in any area of life, is not the result of playing it safe and living in “the gray twilight” where almost everything is safe and secure.  It comes as the result of willingness to live in the real world and to take risks that require action when duty demands it.  All of my life I have hear the old adage that says, “A man doesn’t know what strength he has until he has to use it.”

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Howard Coop, PM and Chaplain

Lancaster Lodge # 104 F & A M, Lancaster, KY

  1. R. Selby, Sr. Chapter # 4, R A M, Danville, KY

Scottish Rite KCCH), Valley of Louisville

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