Teddy Roosevelt Facts

Teddy Roosevelt Facts
Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt Jr., was the 26th President of the United States, serving from 1901 to 1909. He was born on October 27th, 1858, in New York City, NY, to Martha Bulloch Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt Sr. As a child Teddy was often ill, having asthma and other illnesses, and was homeschooled. By the time he was a teenager he had taken up boxing and weightlifting to build up his strength and physical stamina. Teddy attended Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude in 1880. He then enrolled in law school and married, but instead of following law he became representative from NYC in the NY State Assembly. His political career advanced until 1901, when he became U.S. President. President McKinley was assassinated and Teddy, the Vice President, assumed the presidency.
Interesting Teddy Roosevelt Facts:
Teddy Roosevelt had other nicknames aside from Teddy, including Colonel, TR, and the Trust Buster.
Rumors suggested that Martha, Teddy's mother, was the inspiration for Scarlett O'Hara's character in the famous movie Gone with the Wind.
Teddy Roosevelt's married his first wife Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880.
Teddy Roosevelt's wife and mother died on the same day - February 14th, 1884. Alice, Teddy's wife, died of Bright's disease less than two days after giving birth to their daughter Alice Lee Roosevelt. Martha, Teddy's mother, died the same day, from Typhoid fever.
When Teddy Roosevelt was elected as Vice President it had only been an effort by the Republican Party to quiet his progressive policies. It backfired because he became US President when McKinley was assassinated.
Teddy Roosevelt became the youngest, at only 42, to assume to role of United States President.
While Teddy Roosevelt was serving as the U.S. President he took part in a boxing match and he became blind in one eye.
Teddy Roosevelt held a variety of important positions before becoming US President including captain of the National Guard, minority leader in the NY Assembly, civil service commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner, NY governor, Assistant U.S. Navy Secretary to President McKinley, and Vice President of the United States.
When Teddy's wife and his mother died in 1884 he took a leave from his political aspirations and spent a few years as a cattle rancher in the Dakota Territory.
Teddy Roosevelt married Edith Kermit Carow in 1886, and have five children together: Theodore III, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, and Quentin.
Teddy Roosevelt was the first U.S. President to leave the United States while serving his term. He traveled to Panama in 1906.
Teddy Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, making him the first American to receive the honor. He was given the honor for his roles in the negotiations of the Russo-Japanese War.
Teddy Roosevelt was the first president to fly in airplane. He took a four-minute flight in a Wright brothers' plane on October 11th, 1910.
In 1912 Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had been shot in the chest by a saloon keeper, but made the 90 minute speech anyway saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot, but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."
Teddy Roosevelt's most famous quote is, "Speak softly and carry a big stick."
Teddy Roosevelt died on January 6th, 1919 at the age of 60, from a coronary embolism.


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