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Theodore Roosevelt: A Chronology of His Life and Career

Theodore Roosevelt was a man of great energy, and practiced what he called the "strenuous life." He enjoyed horseback riding, swimming, hunting, hiking, and boxing. As commander of the fearless Rough Riders, Roosevelt became a national hero during the Spanish-American War in 1898, leading the famous cavalry regiment against the Spaniards in Cuba. He came home and won election as Governor of New York. Two years later, he was elected Vice-President.

What makes Theodore Roosevelt's life even more remarkable is the fact that this very energetic adult was a rather puny and sickly child who fought a variety of childhood ailments.

Theodore Roosevelt

October 27, 1858   Born in New York City.
1880   Graduated from Harvard University.
1880 Sagamore Hill Bought land in Oyster Bay, New York, on which he built Sagamore Hill.
October 27, 1880   Married Alice Hathaway Lee.
1881   Elected to the New York State Assembly; re-elected in 1882 and 1883.
February 14, 1884   Alice Hathaway Roosevelt died; Theodore's mother died.
1884 Rancher Bought two cattle ranches on the Little Missouri River in the Dakota Territory.
1886   Defeated in bid for Mayor of New York City.
December 2, 1886   Married Edith Kermit Carow.
1889 Civil Service Commissioner Appointed to the U.S. Civil Service Commission; re-appointed in 1893.
1895   Named president of the Board of Police Commissioners in New York City.
1896   Named Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
1898   Led the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War.
1898   Elected Governor of New York.
1900   Elected Vice-President of the United States.
September 14, 1901 President Theodore Roosevelt Became President upon the death of William McKinley.
1904   Elected to a full term as President.
1906   Received the Nobel Prize for Peace for his role in mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese War.
1909-1910   Hunted big game in Africa.
1912   Ran for President on the Progressive Party ticket.
October 14, 1912   Shot while preparing to give a speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
January 6, 1919 Roosevelt's grave Died at his home in Oyster Bay, New York.
1963 Birthplace The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site was established.

Books By Theodore Roosevelt

The Naval War of 1812
The Winning of the West
Strenuous Life
Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography

Notes and Trivia

Roosevelt was the first American to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was also one of only two U.S. Presidents to be so honored -- the other being Jimmy Carter.

WEB SOURCE
The West www.pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/i_r/roosevelt.htm

LINK OF INTEREST
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site www.nps.gov/thrb/

SEE ALSO
Rough Riders
Spanish-American War
Cuba
New York City
William McKinley
Nobel Prize for Peace

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