Born in New York City on October 27, 1858, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was governor of New York before becoming U. S. vice president. At age 42, 1. Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U. S. presidency; He became commander-in-chief after President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901, and won a second term in 1904. 2. Known for his anti-monopoly policies and ecological conservationism,Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for his part in ending the Russo-Japanese War. 3. He died at Oyster Bay, New York on January 6, 1919 of a heart attack.
His vice president at that time, Thomas R. Marshall, said the “Death had to take roosevelt sleeping, for if had been awake, there would have been a fight and Roosevelt would have won. ” Early Life As a young boy, Theodore Roosevelt spent a lot of time inside his family’s handsome brownstone, homeschooled due to his illnesses and asthma. This gave him the opportunity to nurse his passion for animal life, but by his teens, with the encouragement of his father, whom he revered, Theodore developed a rigorous physical routine that included weightlifting and boxing.
When his father died during his second year at Harvard College, Roosevelt channeled his grief into working even harder: After graduating magna cum laude in 1880, he enrolled at Columbia Law School and got married, to Alice Hathaway Lee of Massachusetts. Roosevelt didn’t stay long at law school, opting instead to join the New York State Assembly as a representative from New York City becoming the youngest to serve in that position.
Not long after, Roosevelt was speeding through various public service positions, including captain of the National Guard and minority leader of the New York Assembly. However, the tragic deaths of his mother and his wife, which occured on the same day (February 14, 1884), propelled Roosevelt to leave for the Dakota Territory for two years. There, he lived as a cowboy and cattle rancher, leaving his infant daughter in the care of his elder sister. Political Life
Returning to political life in 1886, Roosevelt was defeated for the New York City mayorship. Around the same time, he married his second wife, Edith Kermit Carow, whom he had known as child. Roosevelt soon resumed his career trajectory, first as a civil service commissioner, then as a New York City police commissioner and U. S. Navy assistant secretary under President William McKinley. War with Spain Roosevelt played a big role during the war with spain. 4. When problems were avioded with Venezuela Roosevelt was upset that we did not go to war.
5. When president McKinley hesitated to go to war with spain Roosevelt then said that MicKinley had no Backbone. When the secretary of the navy took an afternoon off on Feburary 25, 1898 he sent Commordore George Dewy to the Phillippines to attack spain if a war broke out. 6. On April 11th McKinley asked congress to declare war on Spain. 7. Roosevelt left his government post to organize a volunteer cavalry known as the Rough Riders, which he led in a bold charge up San Juan Hill in the Battle of San Juan Heights, in 1898. Presidency 8.
Upon assuming presidency after McKinley’s assassination, Roosevelt promoted a new kind of diplomacy know as the “Big Stick” diplomacy since it depended on a strong military to achieve America’s goals. 9. In 1904 Roosevelt announced a new latin american policy in which to help keep european interventions from latin america while they were paying their debt (Roosevelt Corollary updated the monroe doctrine. ) 10. Roosevelt’s reform for workers was called the “Square Deal”. 11. Roosevelt then won his second term in 1904 agaimst democrat Judge Alton Parker.