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Theodore Roosevelt

The U.S Presidency

Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in New York City. At the age of 42, Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest man to assume the U.S presidency. He made a difference in the way he ran the monopolies under the Sherman Antitrust Act.

At the same time he created the ‘Great White Fleet’ and pumped up the Navy. Theodore and his campaign took a contradictory approach to improve civil rights. He was the first president to entertain an African-American at the White House, he had so much political problems after that, that he never invited him back.

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There was one big event that had less admirable actions from the civil rights in 1906. When the war Department Inspector General had looked at an event that had happened in Brownsville, with black troops. Roosevelt waited until he had won the votes of thousands of blacks before he dismissed the soldiers without their pensions.

As a young position he had angered a lot of people when he refused to appoint Republicans in Bureaucratic positions. Eventually he agreed because he had been thinking of running again for president in 1904, no-one had thought that he would take over from McKinley in 1901.

Post- Presidency Politics

In 1909, Teddy Roosevelt left the office and he felt that he was leaving it in nobble hands. As a young boy he had travelled a lot with his family and it seemed like a good idea to embark on an African safari. After a while of travelling and collecting specimens he decided to make another attempt to presidency. In 1914 when a war broke out in Europe, Roosevelt offered to create a division for service, but he was turned down by Wilson. He was proud that all four his sons where enlisted for the WWI, his youngest son was shot and killed in the war.

The death and legacy of Roosevelt

As a young child the doctors told him that he has a weak heart and that he should have a gentle job as a grownup, yet he lived a more active and exciting life than other people. He died in his sleep on January6, 1919, suffering a coronary embolism at the age of 60. Almost 100 years after his death he received the Medal of Honor, but he denied it at first.

He was also known for his amazing memory (he claimed to have a photogenic memory) and his high energy levels. Theodore Roosevelt was left blind in one of his eyes after a boxing match. Theodore Roosevelt wrote round about 35 throughout his lifetime and around 150 000 letters, but his best yet was his own autobiography.

Related Books

The rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
Morning on Horseback by David McCullough
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House dinner That Shocked the Nation, by Debroh Davis
Carry a Big Stick: The Uncommon Heroism of Theodore Roosevelt by George Grant
T.R.: Last Romance by H.W. Brands