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Theodore Roosevelt Biography and Facts For Kids


Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. Although Roosevelt became president in a freakish way and was moreover, at not quite forty-three, the youngest man ever to hold the office, few United States presidents entered the White House who were as well qualified. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party of 1912. Before becoming President and serving 2 terms from from 1901–1909 he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Not all the traits that Roosevelt brought to the White House were admirable. There was sometimes as much truculence as confidence, as much belligerence as goodwill, and as much bravado as good sense. He set some dubious precedents in his bullying of small nations and in his sometimes casual regard for constitutional and international law.

Fun Facts And Trivia About Theodore Roosevelt

When was Theodore Roosevelt born: October 27, 1858
Where was Theodore Roosevelt born: New York, NY
Where did Theodore Roosevelt go to college: He was one of the few presidents to attend Harvard
What was Theodore Roosevelt occupation before he was president: Author
Who was Theodore Roosevelt married to: Alice Hathaway Lee and later married Edith Kermit Carow
What number president was Theodore Roosevelt: 26th
What political party did Theodore Roosevelt belong to: Republican
Who was the vice president under Theodore Roosevelt: Charles W. Fairbanks
When was Theodore Roosevelt president: 1901-1909
How many terms did Theodore Roosevelt serve: 2
When did Theodore Roosevelt die: January 6, 1919
How old was Theodore Roosevelt when he died: 60
Where is Theodore Roosevelt buried: Oster Bay, NY

Theodore Roosevelt Quotes

  • “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far”
  • “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
  • “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”
  • “The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

Timeline Of The Life Of Theodore Roosevelt

1858 Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York City.
1880 Married Alice Hathaway Lee.
1882-1884 Served in the New York state assembly.
1886 Married Edith Kermit Carow.
1889 Appointed to the U.S. Civil Service Commission.
1897 Named Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
1898 Led the Rough Riders in the Spanish American War.
1899 Elected governor of New York.
1900 Theodore Roosevelt was elected Vice-President of the United States.
1901 Became President of the United States.
1902 Congress passed the Reclamation Act.
1903 Congress established the Department of Commerce and Labor
1903 Roosevelt sent a message over the newly completed cable across the Pacific Ocean.
1903 A six-man tribunal upheld U.S. claims in the Alaska boundary dispute with Great Britain.
1903 The Panama Canal Zone was obtained by the U.S. from Panama.
1904 Elected to full term as President.
1905 Albert Einstein published his theory of relativity.
1919 Theodore Roosevelt dies