Why is Roosevelt on Mount Rushmore?

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Why is Roosevelt on Mount Rushmore?

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The sculptor of Mount Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum, was a friend and admirer of Roosevelt. He chose to carve Presidents who played a key role in the development of the American West. George Washington was chosen because he was the first President and the “Father of Our Country.” Washington was also very interested in developing canals that would link the eastern seaboard and the American West. Thomas Jefferson was chosen because he purchased the Louisiana Territory from Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803. Eventually, eleven states were carved out of the Louisiana Purchase. Jefferson also sent Lewis and Clark up the Missouri River in 1804. Abraham Lincoln was chosen because he is regarded as the man who saved the union during the secession crisis of the 1860s. But Lincoln also signed the Homestead Act (1862) and helped to establish the transcontinental railroads of the 1860s and 1870s.Roosevelt was America‚Äôs first cowboy President. He not only ranched in what is now North Dakota between 1883 and ar

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