|Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
was born on October 27, 1858 and was an American statesman, an ardent
conservationist and naturalist, an enthusiastic adventurer who served as
the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909. His path to
the White House took him from New York City Police Commissioner, to
Governor of New York from 1899 to 1900 and the 25th vice president of
the United States from March to September 1901. Roosevelt emerged as a
leader of the Republican Party and became a driving force for anti-trust
and turn of the century Progressive, Populist, anti-monopoly business
policies (not to be confused with current leftist 'progressive' goals).
He overcame childhood health problems by embarking onto a strenuous, outdoor lifestyle. He had an exuberant personality and a very wide range of interests and achievements. He was home-schooled before entering Harvard. He served as Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President William McKinley but left that to lead the Rough Riders during the Spanish–American War. As a war hero, he was elected governor of New York in 1898. President McKinley asked Roosevelt to be his running mate in the 1900 election. Roosevelt campaigned vigorously, and the McKinley– Roosevelt ticket won a landslide victory.
Roosevelt took the oath of office as vice president in 1901 and ascended to the presidency at age 42 after McKinley was assassinated in September 1902. He is the youngest person to become President of the United States, one year younger than John F. Kennedy.
After his Presidency, Roosevelt led a two-year expedition to the Amazon jungle where he nearly died of tropical disease. Roosevelt died in 1919. Many historians view him as one of the five best presidents.
Theodore Roosevelt was portrayed by Actor Peyton Dixon, his website: www.HistoricExperience.com
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