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Joseph L. Gardner

Roosevelt indeed had some political weight in the United States—and an interesting few years ahead. Although he declined the Bull Moose nomination for governor of New York later in 1914, he rejoined the Republican Party in 1916 and unsuccessfully sought the Presidential nomination. When World War I broke out in Europe, he led the crusade against neutrality and for American preparedness but was refused permission by Wilson to raise and lead a cavalry division to France after the United States entered the conflict. By the end of 1918, with the war over and with Wilson’s leadership repudiated in the midterm elections, the Colonel was once more hailed as the leader of the G.O.P. and was being widely discussed as a virtually unbeatable candidate for President in 1920. About 4 A.M. on January 6, 1919, at Sagamore Hill, Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep of a pulmonary embolism. He had turned sixty only two months earlier.

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