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Photo: Young Teddy Roosevelt

It’s well-known Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was not someone you would have wanted to mess with. For one example, take this. For another, this. Or this. Or how about this? And as one amazing photo currently making the Internet rounds shows, he didn’t come about this level of badassery later in life.

Look at the photo above. Look at that stare. The mutton chop beard. The outfit that makes him look like he was preparing for some old-timey, bare-knuckle pugilism (and let’s face it, he probably was). There’s no question I would have given that guy whatever he wanted. And don’t lie – you’re no different.

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  • jr

    an american ideal….rough, tough and ready, courageous, smart, learned…he lead and served, wrote and spoke, put his backside where his ideas took him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mchl.choi Michael Choi

    This photo is on display in the Roosevelt Room (a great nook in the stacks to study in) in Widener Library in Harvard Yard.

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