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ADKX-tra Credit: Episode 4

Theodore Roosevelt’s Ride to the Presidency

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th  President of the United States and is the youngest individual to hold the office. But, do you know the incredible chain of events leading up to Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency? In this podcast episode, follow along as we take you on Theodore Roosevelt’s Ride to the Presidency.

Teddy Roosevelt rowing a Rushton pleasure rowboat. (Adirondack Experience P037392)

Connecting to Curriculum

  • Read-aloud – Students can follow along while listening. Download a copy of the transcript HERE.
  • Vocabulary – Explore new words. Students will be listening to high level vocabulary in context. Click HERE for the vocabulary page.
  • Google Earth Tour – link coming soon!
  • Explore the Library of Congress’ collection of Pan American exposition videos to help provide further context to the night ride to the presidency.
  • For 1st grade: Listen to the episode as an extension of The President Social Studies Inquiry unit.
  • For 3rd grade: Listen to the episode as an extension of the Leadership and Government Social Studies Inquiry unit.
  • For 4th grade: Listen to the episode as an extension of the Government and Citizens Inquiry unit.


Theodore Roosevelt wrote this note to his wife in the register at the Tahawus Club. (Adirondack Experience Collection 12889)


Higher grade level students may want to explore some topics in more depth.

  1. How important do you think the Vice President is in our government? Are they more than just the next in line for the presidency? Research what other duties the Vice President has in our Executive Branch.
  2. In your opinion, do you think Michael Cronin made the right decision by not telling Theodore Roosevelt about President McKinley’s death on his carriage ride to the North Creek train station? Put yourself in Michael Cronin’s position and analyze both the pros and cons to not telling Teddy Roosevelt the news.

Michael Cronin with his surrey and team of black Morgan carriage horses used to bring Theodore Roosevelt to the North Creek train station. This photograph was taken shortly after their night ride. (Adirondack Photo Collection P020100)