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President Thaddeus Waxman is a minor, unseen character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.



Thaddeus Waxman is a politician and military officer who, at a time before 1899, had served as a U.S. Senator. He was best known for leading American troops to victory in Guarma during the Battle of San Juan Hill.[1]

After 1899, the incumbent President Alfred MacAlister was assassinated. Waxman subsequently succeeded him.[2]

Waxman proved to be a better president than his predecessor, advocating for mass industrialization which included the construction of a massive battleship for the United States Navy. These actions greatly increased his popularity and he became beloved by the American people.


  • Thaddeus Waxman is based on U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, given both his appearance and reputation as a military leader before his ascendance to the presidency.
    • One of the earliest in-game newspapers also states that Thaddeus Waxman was a Colonel in the U.S. Cavalry, and he became a national hero after leading the Rough Riders to victory during the Battle of San Juan Hill. This had also been a major event in achieving Theodore Roosevelt the same status. However, Roosevelt led his troops to victory in Cuba, whereas Waxman did so in fictional Guarma.
      • However, in Red Dead Redemption it is mentioned that Theodore Roosevelt exists and is president, as the newspaper vendor in Armadillo regularly says variations of "Teddy Roosevelt, first president to fly in aeroplane".[3]
    • The last name "Waxman" is a reference to Robin Williams's portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt in the form of a wax mannequin in the 2006 film Night at the Museum and its sequels.
    • While largely being based of off Theodore Roosevelt, he also bears resemblance to U.S. President Grover Cleveland.
  • His Cigarette Card is located at Lonnie's Shack in Lemoyne.