Theodore Roosevelt Facts | 26th US PRESIDENT
US President: 1901-1909
US Vice President: 25th Vice President of the United States March 4, 1901 – September 14, 1901
Political Party: Republican Progressive
Birth: October 27, 1858 at New York City, New York
Death: January 6, 1919 (aged 60) at Oyster Bay, New York
26th President of the United States (1901 – 1909)
25th Vice President of the United States (1901)
33rd Governor of New York (1899 – 1900)
Member of the New York State Assembly from the Manhattan 21st district (1882 – 1884)
First Ladies: Alice Lee (m. 1880 – 1884), Edith Carow (m. 1886 – 1919)
Children: Alice, Theodore III, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, Quentin
Facts about Theodore Roosevelt
His mother and his first wife died on the same day. On Valentines Day in 1884, Roosevelt’s mother passed away from typhoid fever. One floor above in the same house, his first wife, Alice, died less than 12 hours later from Brights disease and complications from giving birth to the couples first child just two days before.
- Roosevelt’s last words were “”Please put out that light, James”” to his family servant James Amos.
- After his appointment in 1895, Roosevelt attempted to reform one of Americas most corrupt police departments.
- As a child, Roosevelt witnessed the Abraham Lincoln funeral procession.
- Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt were fifth cousins.
- While Roosevelt graduated from Harvard, he left law school at Columbia without receiving a degree. Roosevelt had become focused on local politics and lost interest in a legal career.
During his presidency, the noted outdoors-man often escaped the confines of the White House. Roosevelt sailed his presidential yacht on the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers and regularly led hiking expeditions in Rock Creek Park.
- He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906, for his role in mediating the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War.
- Roosevelt was the first American to capture the Nobel Peace Prize, and he used the prize money to fund a trust to promote industrial peace.
Roosevelt was the first sitting president to leave the country. He sailed aboard USS Louisiana to personally inspect the construction of the Panama Canal, a project that he had championed as president.
At the outbreak of World War I, the 58-year-old ex-president was eager to return to the front lines. Roosevelt vehemently lobbied President Woodrow Wilson to send him to France at the head of a 200,000-man expeditionary force.
Theodore Roosevelt Childhood
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was born on October 27, 1858, in New York City, to Theodore “”Thee”” Roosevelt Sr., of Dutch heritage, and Martha “”Mittie”” Bulloch, a Southern belle rumored to have been a prototype for the Gone with the Wind character Scarlett O’Hara. His family owned a successful plate-glass import business.
A boxing accident left him virtually blind in one eye. Roosevelt boxed for Harvard University’s intramural lightweight championship and continued to spar recreationally during his political career.
- From his earliest days, Roosevelt had a passion for reading and writing. He penned his first book, The Naval War of 1812, at the age of 23 and earned a reputation as a serious historian.
- While a Harvard undergraduate, Roosevelt won election into the Hasty Pudding Club, and he was the social clubs secretary during his senior year.
As a young boy, Theodore Roosevelt”or “”Teedie,”” as he was known to his family members (he wasn’t fond of the nickname “”Teddy””), spent a lot of time inside his family’s handsome brownstone, home schooled 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.
Where is Theodore Roosevelt buried?
Roosevelt was buried on a hillside overlooking Oyster Bay, New York.
How did Theodore Roosevelt die?
On the night of January 5, 1919, Roosevelt suffered breathing problems. He felt better after treatment from his physician, Dr. George W. Faller, and went to bed. Between 4:00 and 4:15 the next morning, Roosevelt died in his sleep at Sagamore Hill; a blood clot had detached from a vein and traveled to his lungs.