Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States in 1901 after the assassination of William McKinley. INTRODUCTION PARAGRAPH
Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in New York City to Theodore “Thee” Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha “Mittie” Bulloch. Throughout his young life he was known to friends and family members as “Teedie” because he was not very fond of the nickname “Teddy.” As a young boy he spent a lot of his time being homeschooled in their handsome, four-story brownstone house on East 20th St. in New York due to his illness and asthma. By being at home this gave him the opportunity to nurse his passion for animal life. However, by his teens he developed a physical routine that involved weightlifting and boxing with encouragement from his father, whom he deeply respected. He was mostly home schooled by tutors and his parents. Because of being home schooled his learning was different than most children. He was very solid in geography, history, biology, and French but struggled with mathematics, Latin, and Greek. He entered Harvard College in 1876 and when his father died during his second year it was a tremendous blow. But that did not stop him; however, he went into double time and succeeded in most all of his studies. While at Harvard, Roosevelt was active in rowing, boxing, the Alpha Delta Phi literary society, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and was a member of the Porcellian Club. He also edited The Harvard Advocate and was runner-up in the Harvard boxing championship. He graduated in 1880 and enrolled into Columbia Law School.
On Roosevelt’s 22nd birthday he married Alice Hathaway Lee. She died on February 14, 1884, just eleven hours after Roosevelt’s mother passed away from typhoid fever. Alice had given birth two days earlier to daughter Alice Lee Roosevelt. Because of the pregnancy Alice’s condition of kidney failure had been masked and the reason for her death. With the death of both his mother and his wife, he quit Law school, left young Alice with his sister, and headed off to the Dakota Territory where he lived for two years as a cowboy and cattle rancher. After coming back he took custody of his three-year-old daughter and never spoke of his wife Alice again.
While in the Dakota Territory, Roosevelt built himself a ranch and learned how to ride western style, rope, and hunt. He identified himself with the herdsman of history, the cowboy, a man, he said, who possesses, "few of the emasculated, milk-and-water moralities admired by the pseudo-philanthropists; but he does possess, to a very high degree, the stern, manly qualities that are invaluable to a nation." He rebuilt his life and began writing about frontier life for national magazines. As a deputy sheriff, Roosevelt hunted down three outlaws who stole his riverboat and were escaping north with it up the Little Missouri. Capturing them, he decided against hanging them. Sending his foreman back by boat, he took...