We all recognize the Theodore Roosevelt we see sculpted on the side of Mt. Rushmore. How did the young man, born into nineteenth century privilege, who appeared to have too many gleaming white teeth crowding his mouth and whose gold-rimmed glasses were always slipping down his nose, become the man we all recognize immediately? Unhealthy as a child, Teddy as he was fondly called, suffered from asthma which his mythology tells us was cured by early morning horseback rides in the Dakota Badlands. Also contributing to his increased healthiness were mornings spent in the Harvard University library and in his classroom studies. A superb student, Teddy wanted to become either a writer or a naturalist. Those interests would be life-long for the man we know as “TR.” Elected to the New York State Legislature at the age of 23 as a Republican, a lifetime of public service followed. The text for our study group, Mornings On Horseback, by David McCullough (Simon and Schuster, 2001), traces the amazing formative years of the youth who became one of the most famous of all United States’ presidents. Join us as we explore the incredible journey that culminated on the side of Mt. Rushmore.