Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He served as president from 1901 to 1909.
Young Teddy Roosevelt was a sickly and asthmatic child.
Theodore Roosevelt grew up in a wealthy family in New York. This is a picture of his birthplace home.
Roosevelt's father encouraged him to exercise and stay active in order to improve his health. This worked and Teddy became a strong young man who liked the outdoors and staying active.
Teddy Roosevelt attended Harvard University and then studied law at Columbia.
As a young man, Theodore Roosevelt entered the world of politics where he won a seat on the New York state legislature.
Roosevelt got his first taste of presidential politics when he worked for the GOP in the 1884 presidential election.
Roosevelt's first wife was Alice Hathaway Lee who he married in 1880. She died four years later in 1884.
Teddy Roosevelt enjoyed hunting.
The year of 1884 was a rough year for Roosevelt. Both his wife and mother passed away. Roosevelt traveled west and worked as a cowboy for a few years.
Roosevelt married Edith Carow in 1886.
Roosevelt held a variety of government jobs over the next several years including the U.S. Civil Service Commission under President Benjamin Harrison, New York City Police Commissioner, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
In 1898, the Spanish-American War broke out. Roosevelt formed the First US Volunteer Cavalry Regiment. His group of soldiers became known as the "Rough Riders."
San Juan Hill
Roosevelt and the Rough Riders went to Cuba to fight.
San Juan Hill
Roosevelt and the Rough Riders became famous war heroes for their charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba.
Roosevelt with the Rough Riders after taking San Juan Hill.
After the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was elected governor of New York. He became known as a fierce fighter of corruption within the government.
In 1900, Roosevelt became Vice-President as running mate to President William McKinley.
Roosevelt with McKinley.
In September of 1901, President McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became president.
Theodore Roosevelt being innaugurated as President of the United States.
As president, Roosevelt worked hard to improve the quality of life for the average American.
Roosevelt took on large corporations that had formed monopolies or trusts. These trusts enabled companies to keep wages low and prices high. Roosevelt broke up many of these trusts and earned the nickname "the trustbuster".
Nobel Peace Prize
Roosevelt won the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in negotiating peace between Russia and Japan.
Roosevelt established the U.S. as the "police power" for the Western Hemisphere stating that the U.S. would protect threatened countries in North and South America. This was called his "Big Stick Diplomacy".
Roosevelt saw to it that the Panama Canal was built, creating a short cut between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean.
The Panama Canal was one of Roosevelt's favorite projects.
Roosevelt worked on conservation by setting aside large areas of land out west for national forests and public use. Here he is with John Muir at Yosemite.
Teddy Roosevelt wanted to protect the environment. It remained a focus throughout his presidency.
At 42 years, 10 months, 18 days old he was the youngest man to hold the office of president.
The stuffed animal the "Teddy" bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt. He did not like the nickname "Teddy", however, but preferred TR or Colonel.
After sitting out a term, Roosevelt ran for president again in 1912 for the Bull Moose Party. He made a strong showing, but did not win. He was shot while giving a speech for the Bull Moose Party. He continued with his speech stating that "it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose".
Roosevelt in his Rough Rider uniform. He was blind in his left eye due to an injury in a boxing match.
Roosevelt is one of four presidents on Mount Rushmore.
Teddy on the beach.
The Roosevelt family. His children included Alice, Theodore III, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, and Quentin.
Roosevelt campaigning in 1902.
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