Theodore Roosevelt Essay

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No matter how primitive or advanced a society is, there is always a need for some sort of higher power to rule and govern all the aspects of a society. Throughout the history of man, and all his achievements, there has always been a ruler, king, or group of leaders that rule over all the other people. In ancient Egypt there were pharaohs, rulers who were supposedly living Gods and had absolute rule over Egypt. Other civilizations had dynasties, which were families who help power over that society over hundreds of years. Another form of a ruler was a king. In places such as the early civilizations of Central America they had kings who were also living Gods and completely ruled over everyone. This differs to the kings of places such as England, who came from royal family and was more civilized than earlier kings of earlier societies. In the US we have a President as our “ruler”. He doesn’t actually have absolute rule over the country, but he does have a lot of power. To make sure he does not take complete control over the country we have two other branches of power to keep in check the other branches. This assures that no one branch will ever get too powerful. Our president’s are elected by our citizens and serve a term of four years. After those four years pass, they can re-run for president again, but can only serve a maximum of two consecutive terms. Up to date, we’ve had 44 presidents. They were, in order, George Washington (1789-1797), John Adams (1797-1801), Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809), James Madison (1809-1817), James Monroe (1817-1825), John Quincy Adams (1825-1829), Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), Martin Van Buren (1837-1841), William Henry Harrison (1841), John Tyler (1841-1845), James K. Polk (1845-1849), Zachary Taylor (1849-1850), Millard Fillmore (1850-1853), Franklin Pierce (1853-1857), James Buchanan (1857-1861), Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865), Andrew

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