The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt - Chapter 27, The Boy Governor Summary & Analysis

Edmund Morris
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Chapter 27, The Boy Governor Summary and Analysis

On January 1 of 1899, Roosevelt breaks into the executive mansion in Albany rather than wake his family, already asleep inside. Such actions symbolize the fears of many that, as governor, Roosevelt acts as a "bull in a china shop." He approaches matters of corruption with openness and honesty. As for Platt, he deals with the influential machine boss with uncharacteristic diplomacy, sending a list of preapproved candidates for appointments and allowing Platt to choose the right one. However, twice daily, the governor opens his office to the press.

Items of approval for Roosevelt include the Ford bill, a measure to return money to the neediest workers in the state. The bill taxes the rising industries, which Roosevelt views with caution. When the bill stalls, Roosevelt uses his power as governor to force it to the floor...

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