Theodore Roosevelt

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The Green in this spiritual portrait represents TR's dominant trait, his preference for making logical decisions. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. He demonstrated this trait in the way he justified his slaughter of large animals in Africa by donating the carcasses to museums such as the Smithsonian for public display.

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents TR's auxiliary trait, his pragmatism and realistic outlook on life. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrated this trait in the way he was always open to new adventures and experiences.

26th President of the USA — Sept. 14, 1901 to Mar. 4 1909

Both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt are ESTJs, but there are some subtle yet important differences ....

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Theodore Roosevelt:
The Story

Both Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt are ESTJs, but there are some subtle yet important differences in their personalities.

TR: More Emotional Than FDR

There is more Red in Theodore's spiritual portrait than there is in his cousin FDR's image. This is because TR's personality profile is more decisive and emotional (less Thinking) than his cousin.

Above all, Theodore admired — and demonstrated — courage.

It is not the critic who counts. ... The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly ... who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

While campaigning for president in 1912, a man shot Theodore, but TR carried on and delived the 90-minute speech he had planned nonetheless. Doctors later learned what TR already knew — that there was no damage to his lung — and decided it would be preferable to leave the bullet inside his chest.

Like Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt carried a bullet inside his body for the rest of his life.

Plenty of Similarities

Although they belonged to different political parties — TR was a Republican and FDR a Democrat — both were concerned that the concentration of wealth in the hands of a few could lead to the exploitation of average citizens:

Our aim is not to do away with corporations; on the contrary, these big aggregations are an inevitable development of modern industrialism. ... We are not hostile to them; we are merely determined that they shall be so handled as to subserve the public good. We draw the line against misconduct, not against wealth.

And both Presidents Roosevelt experienced a great deal of physical pain their final years, dying while still fairly young, in their early 60s. Quoting from his autobiography, published in 1913, it is plain he had no regrets:

It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home. No father and mother can hope to escape sorrow and anxiety, and there are dreadful moments when death comes very near those we love, even if for the time being it passes by. But life is a great adventure, and the worst of all fears is the fear of living.

For more TR quotes, see his page at

It was easy creating Theodore Roosevelt's personality profile. As far as I can tell, he doesn't have even the tiniest bit of Introversion.

TR's spiritual portrait is based on Ken Burns' film The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait. In addition to Theodore, this work covers his neice Eleanor and his fifth cousin Franklin, and spans seven DVDs.