Theodore Roosovelt

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Theodore Roosovelt

President Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his role in negotiating the end of the Russo-Japanese War. (Roosevelt believed that diplomacy rather than war was the best way to handle international disputes.)

Theodore Roosevelt

After leaving Harvard he studied in Germany for almost a year and then immediately entered politics. He was elected to the Assembly of New York State, holding office for three years and distinguishing himself as an ardent reformer.

At eighteen he entered Harvard College and spent four years there, dividing his time between books and sport and excelling at both. After graduating magna cum laude in 1880, he enrolled at Columbia Law School and married Alice Hathaway Lee.

Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in New York.

At age 42, Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S. presidency after President McKinley was assassinated in 1901.

Outside of his political career, Roosevelt published more than 25 books about a range of subjects.

After serving two terms from 1901-1909, Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep on January 6, 1919, at the age of 60 at his Long Island estate, Sagamore Hill, after suffering a coronary embolism.

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse neverhave tried to succeed."

"A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education."

On October 14, 1912, Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a local saloon-keeper shot him. The bullet lodged in his chest after passing through a jacket pocket containing his steel eyeglass case and a copy of his 50 page speech which had been folded in half. Being an anatomist, Roosevelt concluded that since he wasn’t coughing blood the bullet had not penetrated the chest wall into his lung. He declined immediate treatment and gave his 90 minute speech with blood seeping from the wound into his shirt. “Ladies and gentlemen, I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot,” Roosevelt said, “but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” This quote inspired the campaign photograph to the left.

Roosevelt was blind in his left eye, the result of a boxing injury he sustained while in office.

When World War I broke out in Europe, the former President led the cause for military preparedness, convinced that the nation should join the war effort. He was greatly disappointed in President Wilson's call for neutrality and denounced his country's inactivity. When the United States finally entered the war in 1917, he offered to organize a volunteer division but the War Department turned him down. However, all four of his sons volunteered to fight in the war.

While in office, Roosevelt became a "trust buster" by forcing the great railroad combination in the Northwest to break apart. As President, Roosevelt saw himself a representative of all the people, including farmers, laborers, white collar workers, and businessmen. Roosevelt therefore was focused on bringing big business under stronger regulation so that he could effectively serve all the people he represented.

Teddy was a cattle rancher, a deputy sheriff, an explorer, a police comissioner, the assistant secretary of the Navy, the governor of New York, and a war hero. In 1898, he formed the first U.S. Volunteer Calvary Regiment, known as the Rough Riders. Some say he even strolled through the White House with a pistol on his person at all times and even had a pet bear.


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