Jeremy Anderberg March 30, Last updated: Theodore Roosevelt is known to have been one of the most voracious readers in all of history.
He was the second child of Theodore and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt. His mother was a southerner who never really adjusted to living north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The new baby also had an older sister Anna, and later, a younger brother Elliott and a younger sister Corinne would follow.
He loved both books and the outdoors and combined these interests in the study of nature.
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It did not even occur to him that the ever-present odor of the dead specimens such as mice, birds, fish and snakes did nothing to increase his popularity among his family and friends.
His mother, aunt and maternal grandmother, all southern ladies, lived in the house along with his pro-Union father.
There were tense times at 28 Twentieth Street throughout the war years.
Teedie relished the excitement and secrecy of sending the contraband packages but also dreamed of battle and glory as a Union soldier.
Much like his father, Teedie had great energy, curiosity, determination and compassion for those less fortunate. Despite this his father could see that Teedie faced many physical challenges.
It was also his father who first suggested that Teedie might need glasses. When he learned that his son could not even see a target that the other boys were shooting at, the senior Roosevelt took his son for an eye exam. It was discovered, at age thirteen, that Teedie was extremely nearsighted.
Wearing spectacles opened up a whole new world for the young man. It was also about this time that his father took him aside and told him: You must make your body.
Each of the Roosevelt children had their own particular health ailments. Due to their various health problems, none of the Roosevelt children attended school outside of their own home.
They were tutored by their mother, their Aunt Anna Bulloch, and by a French governess. As Theodore grew older, he shed the nickname "Teedie" in favor of his formal first name.
Despite popular belief, he never liked, or used, the name "Teddy. A private tutor was engaged to help prepare him for college. Theodore Roosevelt entered Harvard shortly before his eighteenth birthday. He originally chose to study natural history and had considered a teaching career.
His clothes were considered too flashy for the conservatives, who also disapproved of his recently grown sideburns. His college rooms were filled with his specimens and mounted animals. Faculty members who taught Roosevelt soon learned to treat him warily.
His father and mentor, Theodore Roosevelt Sr.
The young man was devastated by this loss but resumed his studies. When he returned to Harvard in the fall ofhe switched his major to history and government. Though politics was considered "beneath" wealthy, young gentlemen, Roosevelt saw it as an opportunity to change laws for the betterment of society.
He later wrote that his father influenced his life more than any other person and that he was the "greatest man he ever knew. From the moment he saw her he was fascinated by everything about her. He neither knew nor cared why he found Alice unlike any other girl that he had met before.
She, however, thought him rather eccentric and refused his first marriage proposal. He was undeterred and continued to court her during his senior year.Theodore Roosevelt was born at 28 East 20th Street, New York City on October 27, He was the second child of Theodore and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt.
His father was a glass importer and one of New York City's leading philanthropists.
His mother was a southerner who never really adjusted to living. Quotations from the speeches and other works of Theodore Roosevelt Home > Resources > Quotations from the speeches and other works of Theodore Roosevelt.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (/ ˈ r oʊ z ə v ɛ l t / ROH-zə-velt; October 27, – January 6, ) was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from to He also served as the 25th Vice President of the United States from March to September and as the 33rd Governor of New York from .
The presidency of Theodore Roosevelt began on September 14, , when he became the 26th President of the United States upon the assassination and death of President William McKinley, and ended on March 4, Roosevelt had been the Vice President of the United States for only days when he succeeded to the presidency.
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