It was President Abraham Lincoln who protected Half Dome, the Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove. Later, through the efforts of conservationist John Muir, Yosemite National Park was created. When Theodore Roosevelt became President, he protected 230 million acres of land for the American people, some of which added to the National Park at Yosemite.
Theodore Roosevelt was a man of second acts. He was a sickly child but overcame his weaknesses through exercises in a home gym. He attended Harvard, became a state legislator then suffered the loss of his wife and mother. He moved out West and became a cattle rancher. Upon his return East, he ran for Mayor of New York but lost. He then served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and led the Rough Riders in the Battle of San Juan Hill. He later became Governor of New York, then Vice President for McKinley. Upon McKinley’s assassination he became President at the young age of 42. A progressive, he groomed Taft as his successor but was disappointed in Taft’s approach to the office, Teddy took off to safari in Africa. Never content, he always believe that he could make a change.
In the English language, fifty is synonomous with half. Mathematically, in base ten, 50% equals half. But, half way is not always measured in distance but in your belief that you can. It’s half the battle.
Believe you can and you are half way there., Theodore Roosevelt.