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Mr. President

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Teddy Roosevelt was a Harvard man, but he had a soft spot for the Yale School of Forestry. The school—now the country’s oldest, and renamed the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies—was founded in 1900 by Henry S. Graves '92 and Gifford Pinchot '89, Roosevelt’s good friend and fellow conservationist. In 1905, a year before he gave this portrait “with the heartiest good wishes,” Roosevelt made Pinchot the first head of the newly formed U.S. Forest Service. (For years to come, Pinchot’s successors would be Yale forestry graduates.) And it was Pinchot’s dismissal from the Forest Service in 1910 by President William Howard Taft '78 that helped bring TR roaring back into politics with the Bull Moose Party.  the end


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