Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th president of the United States of America. His term went from the time President McKinley was assassinated in 1901 to the year 1909. He did many great deeds during his presidency; such as his work on trying to curb the power of large corporations, he made way for the Monroe Doctrine, he passed laws such as the Meat Inspection of 1906 and Pure Food and Drug Act, he ensured the construction of the Panama Canal, and he established Oklahoma as the 46th state of the Union.
His life had begun in the year 1858 in New York City. He was born into a wealthy family; his parents being Theodore "Thee" Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha "Mittie" Bulloch, who owned a successful plate-glass import business. He was always ill as a child; much of his childhood was spent inside his parents' house where he was homeschooled.
He was encouraged by his father to build his immune system by developing a rigorous exercise routine. He admired his father very much and when Theodor Sr. passed in 1878, he channeled his grief into working hard. He graduated Harvard with a magna cum laude (Latin phrase meaning "with great honor"). After he graduated, he enrolled in Columbia Law School, where he was a diligent student, but showed little interest in the Legal profession. He later dropped out of law school to get more involved in his new goal: politics.
In 1880, Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee. In 1884, two days after the birth of their daughter, Alice, Alice Hathaway and Roosevelt's mother died. Roosevelt was so grieved by the death of his wife and mother, that he left his only daughter in the care of his beloved sister, Anna, while he lived the life of a cowboy in Dakota Territory.
In 1886, he married his second wife, Edith Kermit Carow. They married in London and honeymooned in Europe. While on their honeymoon, Roosevelt led a group to the summit of Mont Blanc, and was induced into the British Royal Society. Together they had five children: Theodore Jr., Kermit, Ethel Carow, Archibald Bulloch "Archie", and Quentin.
Roosevelt was raised in a Dutch Reformed church. His wife, Edith, was Episcopalian. Unlike many presidents, Roosevelt was an enthusiastic church-man.
Biographer George Grant writes:
"He grew up in the church, raised his children in the church, and remained in the church into his dying day... His reasoning was simple and straightforward: man was made for covenant. Roosevelt's personal experience with the Church was a happy one—and he grew great strength from it. As he confessed to his friends, "after a week of wrestling with perplexing problems, it does so rest my soul to come to the House of the Lord and to sing—and to mean it—Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty. [Roosevelt] refrained from hunting, fishing, playing games, or transacting any sort of business on Sunday."
Roosevelt served in the United States Civil Service Commission from 1888 to 1895. He was the president of the board of New York City Police Commissioners in 1895; where he spent two years radically reforming the police department. President William McKinley appointed Roosevelt to the post of Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1897. He fought in the Spanish-American war and was promoted to Colonel and given command of the Rough Riders Regiment.
He became governor of New York State in 1898, where he served with distinction. As governor, he made such an effort to rid the state of its corruption that his boss, Thomas Platt, forced him to be McKinley's running mate in the 1900 election. Roosevelt was a powerful asset for the Republican ticket; he and McKinley won against William Jennings Bryan in a landslide victory.
His six months as Vice President were pretty uneventful until September 6th, when President McKinley was shot in an assassination attempt. There were reports that led Roosevelt to believe that McKinley's health was improving, so he went on vacation at Mount Marcy in New York. During his vacation, Roosevelt received news on September 13th that McKinley's health was actually deteriorating and that he was near death. On September 14th, Roosevelt found that McKinley had passed. He was sworn into office as President later that afternoon.
As President, he kept McKinley's cabinet and swore to uphold his policies. In 1904, he ran for president and won by another landslide. Charles Fairbanks was his running mate.
Leaving the Presidency in 1909, Roosevelt went on an African safari, and then jumped back into politics after he no longer felt that the presidency was in capable hands. He ran for President on a Progressive ticket in the 1912 election. To reporters he once remarked that he felt as fit as a bull moose, the name of his new party.
While delivering a speech on the campaign trail, Roosevelt was shot in the chest in an assassination attempt. Shockingly, he continued his speech for 90 minutes before seeing a doctor, later chalking up the incident to the hazards of the business. The doctors found that it would be more hazardous to remove the bullet from his chest, so he carried it in him for the rest of his life.
Roosevelt lost to Woodrow Wilson in the 1912 election, in a rather close popular vote. He considered running again in 1916, but bowed out in favor of Republican Party nominee Charles Evans Hughes. Afterwards, he went on a South American Expedition.
Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep on January 6, 1919, at his Long Island estate, Sagamore Hill, after suffering a coronary embolism. He was 60 years old at the time of his death, and was buried at the Youngs Memorial Cemetery in New York.
The best way to sum up his time spent on this earth is with a quote from the man himself:
"Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
A/N: I know that this is a non-fiction essay that I am posting on FictionPress, but this was the only genre I could find for it; it's not much of a poem. Sorry if it's boring...