•Attends Harvard (1876-1880), graduates Magna cum laude. Entered Columbia Law School.•He became the youngest person ever elected to the New York State Assembly in 1881.•His first major book is published in 1882, “The Naval War of 1812”. It becomes required reading at the Naval Academy.•February, 1884 he lost both his wife, Alice and his mother on the same day. He retreated to his ranch in the Dakotas to recover, leaving his infant daughter Alice to be raised by his sister Corinne (Bamie).
4•He runs unsuccessfully for the Mayor of New York City in 1886 and marries Edith Carow.•Becomes U.S. Civil Service Commissioner in Washington, D.C. from 1889-1895 fightingcorruption.•In 1894 his brother Elliott dies (the father of Eleanor Roosevelt).•Becomes the Police Commissioner of New York City in 1895. Institutes major police reforms.•Between 1882 and 1897 he publishes 10 books on history, the American west, ranching, hunting, and politics.•In 1897 appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President William McKinley.•In 1898 he resigns as Assistant Navy Secretary to join the 1stU.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment at the outbreak of the Spanish–American War. Made a Lieutenant-Colonel and forms the “Rough Riders”. Serves in Cuba, promoted to Colonel.•After the Spanish-American War he is elected Governor of New York and serves from 1898 to 1900.•In 1900 he is nominated as Vice-President on the Republican ticket of William McKinley.•On September 1901 William McKinley is shot and killed. •Theodore Roosevelt becomes the 26thPresident (youngest ever to hold the office at 42).Teddy Roosevelt’s Presidential Resume.•Fights corruption and business monopolies with 45 antitrust suits.•Signs a treaty with Panama to build the Panama Canal.•Negotiates the Russo-Japanese Peace Treaty.•First President to leave the country when he visits the Panama Canal construction.•Walks his niece Eleanor down the aisle at her wedding to future President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (fifth cousin, once removed).•Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his negotiation of the Russo-Japanese peace.•Establishes first federal bird refuge and first federal game preserve.•Established the U.S. Forest Service.•Signs the American Antiquities Act in 1906 that allows the President to establish NationalMonuments. He established 18 National Monuments and 5 National Parks, 4 National Game Preserves, 51 Federal Bird Reservations, and 150 National Forests. •After the Presidency he spends a year on safari in Africa.
5•In 1912 he runs unsuccessfully for President as a Progressive (Bull Moose Party) against Woodrow Wilson. At a campaign speech he is shot in the chest, but finishes his speech.•In 1914 he goes on an expedition to the Amazon River in South America. He suffers a major leg injury from which he never fully recovers.•He continues to write and speak about conservation, history, hunting, and his adventures in Africa and South America.•At the beginning of World War I he requests permission to raise an infantry division. His request is denied. All four sons enlist in the military and his daughter Ethel serves as a Red Cross nurse. His youngest son Quentin is killed as a fighter pilot in France in 1918.
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