Katie Hargrave / Surely it is this.

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Theodore Roosevelt has a dual face in the imaginations of Americans. Alternately, he is monumental and forgotten. In 1911, Roosevelt's name was chosen to garnish one of the first water reclamation project he pushed through congress: Roosevelt Dam in Arizona. At the dedication, he stated:

"I do not know if it is of any consequence to a man whether he has a monument; I know it is of mighty little consequence whether he has a statue after he is dead. If there could be any monument which would appeal to any man, surely it is this."

Following his death, Roosevelt Dam is removed from the National Registry of Historic Places, and his birthplace is torn down. But he is remembered in other ways that he explicitly states he does not wish to be: Mount Rushmore is erected sporting his likeness and the Natural History Museum in New York City is decorated with an equestrian statue of him.

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