1911 to 1915
Roosevelt is pictured speaking at the dedication of the Roosevelt Dam, a project which was largely the result of his presidential leadership in irrigation policy.
Roosevelt ran for the presidency again on the Progressive Party ticket and campaigned actively for the election, but lost to Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson. Films of his daily life at his Sagamore Hill home were made as interest in his campaign grew.
Roosevelt traveled to the Southwest in 1913 with his sons Archie and Quentin, as seen in the first film listed below. Roosevelt then traveled to South America in late 1913 to deliver several lectures. He decided to go on an expedition down the previously unexplored River of Doubt, a trip which made him gravely ill. The river which the expedition mapped was named Rio Roosevelt, or Rio Teodoro, for him. Another activity that kept Roosevelt occupied during this period was writing for The Outlook magazine.
In 1915, Roosevelt went on an expedition with the National Audubon Society to bird sanctuary islands off the Louisiana coast, one of which was established by Roosevelt's order in 1905. Also that year, he and his wife visited the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego.