Theodore Roosevelt

Hometown Manhattan
Died Jan 6, 1919
Death Place Oyster Bay, New York
Political Party History of the Re...
Religion Reformed Church i...
Alma Mater Harvard College +...

Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States of America. He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels.… Read More

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1858 Birth Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in a four-story brownstone at 28 East 20th Street, in Manhattan, New York. … Read More
1869 10 Years Old …  Hiking with his family in the Alps in 1869, Roosevelt found that he could keep pace with his father. … Read More


1876 17 Years Old …  He entered Harvard College on September 27, 1876; his father told him "Take care of your morals first, your health next, and finally your studies".
1878 19 Years Old After recovering from devastation over his father's death on February 9, 1878, Roosevelt doubled his activities. … Read More


1880 21 Years Old On June 30, 1880, Roosevelt graduated Phi Beta Kappa (22nd of 177) from Harvard with an A.B. magna cum laude. … Read More
1882 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Roosevelt's carefully researched book, published in 1882, was comparable to modern doctoral dissertations, complete with drawings of individual and combined ship maneuvers, charts depicting the differences in iron throw weights of cannon shot between American and British forces, and analyses of the differences between English and American leadership down to the ship-to-ship level. … Read More
1883 24 Years Old In 1883, Roosevelt became the Assembly Minority Leader.
1884 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1884, he lost the nomination for Speaker to Titus Sheard by a vote of 41 to 29 in the GOP caucus. … Read More
…  He returned to run unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1886. … Read More


1892 - 1894 2 More Events
President Harrison appointed Roosevelt to the United States Civil Service Commission, where he served until 1895.
1897 38 Years Old Roosevelt had demonstrated, through his research and writing, a fascination with naval history; President William McKinley, urged by Roosevelt's close friend Congressman Henry Cabot Lodge, appointed Roosevelt as the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. … Read More
Returning a war hero, he was elected governor of New York in 1898. … Read More


1899 - 1900 3 More Events
As Governor of New York State before becoming Vice President in March 1901, Roosevelt signed an act replacing the Police Commissioners with a single Police Commissioner.
1902 43 Years Old …  He succeeded in getting the aggressors to agree to arbitration by a tribunal at The Hague, and averted the Venezuela Crisis of 1902–1903.
Reelected in 1904, he continued pursuit of progressive policies, eventually culminating in blockage of his legislative agenda in Congress. … Read More
1906 47 Years Old He was the first president to appoint a Jewish cabinet member – Secretary of Commerce and Labor, Oscar Solomon Straus, who served from 1906 to 1909. … Read More
1907 48 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Roosevelt also served as honorary president of the American School Hygiene Association from 1907 to 1908, and in 1909 he convened the first White House Conference on the Care of Dependent Children. … Read More


1909 50 Years Old In March 1909, shortly after the end of his presidency, Roosevelt left New York for the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, a safari in east and central Africa outfitted by the Smithsonian Institution. … Read More
1910 51 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He gave his famous speech at Osawatomie, Kansas, in August 1910, which was the most radical of his career and openly initiated his break with the Taft administration and the conservative Republicans. … Read More
The Republican progressives interpreted the defeat as compelling argument for the complete reorganization of the party in 1911, and Roosevelt reacted with renewed interest in more personal political endeavors.
The split allowed the Democrats to win the White House and Congress in 1912; those Republicans aligned with Taft would control the Republican Party for decades. … Read More
1914 55 Years Old When World War I began in 1914, Roosevelt strongly supported the Allies and demanded a harsher policy against Germany, especially regarding submarine warfare. … Read More
1916 57 Years Old In 1916, he campaigned energetically for Charles Evans Hughes and repeatedly denounced Irish-Americans and German-Americans who Roosevelt said were unpatriotic, because they put the interests of Ireland and Germany ahead of America's by supporting neutrality. … Read More
1917 58 Years Old In March 1917, Congress gave Roosevelt the authority to raise a maximum of four divisions similar to the Rough Riders, and Major Frederick Russell Burnham was put in charge of both the general organization and recruitment. … Read More
Roosevelt's attacks on Wilson helped the Republicans win control of Congress in the off-year elections of 1918.


On the night of January 5, 1919, Roosevelt experienced breathing problems. … Read More
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