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Theodore Roosevelt: Fearless Essay

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Theodore Roosevelt was America’s twenty-sixth and youngest President and is remembered for his extraordinary leadership, his many achievements and his enthusiastic and energetic personality. During his time of presidency (1901-1909), Theodore Roosevelt expanded the power of the presidency, changed many things in government and helped resolve many problems, which lead him to be recognized as one of America’s best presidents. He had a passion for natural history and travel, which accompanied him throughout his entire life (SparkNotes Editors).
Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, at 28 East Twentieth Street in New York City (Dalton 21). He was born in the Roosevelt family, a family part of the New York Elite with an excellent socio-economic status and a distinguished family name (Dalton 19). His father, Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the most recognized citizens of New York; he was a member of many of the city’s most prestigious companies and, as a philanthropist, he was the founder of many hospitals and reconstruction programs for the city after the Great War (Herbert 81). His mother, Martha Bulloch, was a sweet and gracious woman who descended from one of the best-known families of the South (Herbert 83).
Throughout the years, Theodore Roosevelt’s mother became physically ill and began to suffer from Neurasthenia caused by her need to take care of Theodore’s older sister, Anna, who was invalid because of a spinal injury (Dalton 23). Because of her illness, she was not able to take care of her four children Annie, Theodore, Elliot, and Corinne. Because of this, Theodore’s grandmother and aunt on his mother’s side had to come live with them; his aunt being the one that homeschooled him and his brothers, and his grandmother being the one who took care of them (Dalton 25).
Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood elapsed during the American Civil War. The war began when he was two and a half years old, and since then, he had to witness not only the discussions and fights between both sides of the civil war but also between his family members. His mother’s side of the family supported the Confederate side while his father’s side was supporting the Union (Morris 38). Theodore loved his father and out of all the children Theodore was his father’s favorite; but because of the war, Theodore’s father left home the fall of 1861 to serve at war taking a non-combatant role to help the soldiers’ families (Morris 40). As a little boy, Theodore admired his father’s job during the war and the close friendship he had with President at that time, Abraham Lincoln. Despite him living in a safe area during the war, the Civil War meant to Theodore Roosevelt a traumatic event that brought with it conflict, loss, insecurity, shock, and even illness (Dalton 33).
Theodore Roosevelt had his first asthma attack in 1862. At this time, there was no medicine to cure asthma and family members feared that the asthma Theodore suffered from was fatal. After several trips to...

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