Theodore Roosevelt, The 26th President Of The United States Of America

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Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States of America was born on October 27, 1858. He was born in New York City, New York to his parents Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt. When he was little he had many health problems, such as asthma. He also had chronic stomach pains and headaches. Because of these problems, he didn’t go outside often, so he stuck to reading books and other types of indoor entertainment. When he was eighteen years old he moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, and applied to Harvard University. Almost in his third year of Harvard he married his girlfriend, Alice Hathaway Lee. A year or two passed after his marriage when he graduated from Harvard University.
Many good things started happening for him in the year of 1881, like being elected to the New York State Assembly and beginning his first term in January, 1882. In 1882, he was also able to publish his first book, “A History of the Naval War of 1812.” On February 12, 1884, his first child, Alice, was born. The exciting news of her birth was soon forgotten, when his wife Alice's kidneys failed from pregnancy, which caused her to pass away about two days later. Another devastating thing happened to him, when his mother died from typhoid in the same house and on the same day, just hours before Alice. To get over his loss, he left the New York State Assembly after his third term ended in 1884. After this, he moved to the Dakota Territory in the West, where he built a Ranch and got interested in the cattle business. He enjoyed living his life like a cowboy. While visiting his sister Anna in New York in 1885, he met with his childhood love, Edith Carrow. They began seeing each other more often and got married in London in 1886. They both returned to New York to live in Oyster Bay where their new house on Sagamore Hill was. Together, they had five children: Ted, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, and Quentin. The number went up to six when his daughter Alice came to live with them.
When he returned to New York, he wanted to reenter politics. Theodore Roosevelt was appointed as the head of the U.S. Civil Service Commissioner in 1889. After this, he stepped down and became New York City Police Commissioner. He served as police commissioner of the New York Police Department for two years, and then he accepted his new appointment as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, given to him by President McKinley. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy, his work was geared towards making the U.S. Navy stronger and preparing them for any potential threats, such as from the Spanish Empire. When war did break out between Spain and the United States in 1898, he was ready. He told Admiral Dewey to attack the Spanish in the Philippine Islands. He then resigned his post as assistant secretary and helped organize and lead a volunteer regiment in the Army known as the Rough Riders. Under his leadership, the Rough Riders defeated the Spanish garrison in the Battle of San...

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