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
Education: Harvard

Offices held:
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 Family
First Ladies: Alice Lee (m. 1880 – 1884), Edith Carow (m. 1886 – 1919)
Children: Alice, Theodore III, Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, Quentin

Biography from
Congressional Biography
Biography from the U.S. Senate
Roosevelt by Edgar Lee Masters
The Joy of Life – a biography of Roosevelt by Mary Beth Smith

Pictures from the Library of Congress
The Rough Riders Illustrations
Picture gallery from

Ancestors and Descendants of Theodore Roosevelt
Relationship of Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt
Roosevelt Family of Oyster Bay

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.

Theodore ROOSEVELT Biography

ROOSEVELT, Theodore, (great-great-grandson of Archibald Bulloch, nephew of Robert Barnwell Roosevelt, father-in-law of Nicholas Longworth), a Vice President and 26th President of the United States; born in New York City, October 27, 1858; privately tutored; graduated from Harvard University in 1880; studied law; traveled abroad; member, New York State Assembly 1882-1884; moved to North Dakota and lived on his ranch; returned to New York City in 1886; appointed by President Benjamin Harrison a member of the United States Civil Service Commission 1889-1895, when he resigned to become president of the New York Board of Police Commissioners;

Resigned this position upon his appointment by President William McKinley as Assistant Secretary of the Navy 1897-1898, when he resigned to enter the war with Spain; organized the First Regiment, United States Volunteer Cavalry, popularly known as Roosevelt’s Rough Riders; Governor of New York 1899-1900; elected Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket headed by William McKinley in 1900 and was inaugurated March 4, 1901; upon the death of President McKinley on September 14, 1901, became President of the United States; elected President of the United States in 1904, inaugurated March 4, 1905, and served until March 3, 1909; unsuccessful candidate of the Progressive Party for President of the United States in 1912 and 1916; engaged in literary pursuits; died at Oyster Bay, Nassau County, N.Y., January 6, 1919; interment in Young’s Memorial Cemetery.


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