Archimedes is quoted as having said: "Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world." The Office of Assistant Secretary of the Navy provided Theodore Roosevelt with just the fulcrum he needed to "move the world," to the chagrin of his boss, the Secretary.
Secretary of the Navy John Davis Long epitomized 19th-century courtliness and reserve. Reasoned, patient consideration characterized his decisions. Affecting an air of frailty, he appeared to be a much older man. Hence, it came as no surprise that on the morning of 25 February 1898, after only a few hours of work, he left the State-War-Navy Building to rest at home.