Theodore Roosevelt on African Expedition, by Unknown, 1909, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, Former President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) and other members of his expedition party from the Smithsonian Roosevelt African Expedition stand next to an American flag. Roosevelt is standing to the left of the flag with his head to the side. Other men in the image include Kermit Roosevelt, Edgar Alexander Mearns, and John Alden Loring. On this trip, Roosevelt collected natural history specimens for the United States National Museum (now National Museum of Natural History) and live animals for the National Zoological Park..