Theodore Roosevelt Sr was one of the leading advocates for the inception of this museum. By the time his son was of an impressionable age, visits to the museum inspired the younger 'Teedie’ to collect and display his own wild curios. Those formative ventures into archiving his discoveries of the natural world, provided a powerful hint at his later capacities. As president, Theodore Roosevelt Jr would continue to archive and showcase the natural world, but he was able do so on America’s grandest stage.
Roosevelt Jr's greatest of legacies has preserved America in its purest form through the creation of 5 national parks, 18 national monuments, 51 bird reserves and 150 national forests. These fortuitous efforts have allowed a century’s worth of celebration and study and given Americans insight into their intrinsic America. By any standard, quite an achievement from a young curator and would-be president.