In November 1961, President Kennedy observed that an assemblage of Nobel Prize Winners was “the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.” This sounded good but Kennedy forgets, as most Americans do, another exceedingly intelligent, well-versed and talented man also lived in the White House a century later, Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was a published ornithologist, historian, expert in all things naval, authority on large North American mammals, essayist, frontiersman, military leader and a more gifted politician than Jefferson. Theodore Roosevelt can rival Thomas Jefferson for breadth and depth of knowledge and talents. Learn more about this fascinating man. This class will explore his life, political career, military career and influence on American foreign policy and defense.