Everything about him was big and vital and, above that, national. He was able to see great problems in their true perspective because he looked at the Nation as a whole. There was nothing narrow or local or sectional about him. It is not for me here today to speak of the final place which history will accord to Theodore Roosevelt; but we know and the Nation knows, and the world knows, that Theodore Roosevelt was a great patriot and a great soul.
— President Franklin D. Roosevelt, at the dedication of the American Museum of Natural History’s Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, January 19, 1936.