Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to be president at the age of forty-two. He became president after the assassination of William McKinley. In his life, he experienced many things including sadness, happiness, and madness.
One October day, 1858, in New York City a baby boy was born. As a child, he loved his father very much. His father was his best friend. Theodore suffered from terrible asthma, and some nights he didn’t even know if he was going to live the next morning. Since his lungs were very weak from asthma, his father would take him to go hiking and to get some exercise to make his body healthier. He did actually recover from his asthma by exercising everyday.
When he turned seventeen, he decided to move out and attend college. Two years later, while Theodore was still in college, his father passed away from stomach cancer at the age of forty-six. Theodore suffered from depression after receiving the sad news.
While still in college, Theodore encountered a young women named Alice Lee. He claimed he would marry her one day. Theodore, at first was shy to ask for her proposal but when he did, she accepted.
In 1880, Theodore and Alice’s wedding was prepared and set. When Theodore graduated, they moved into a house they named “Lee Home”.
When Theodore was twenty-three, he got involved with politics and chose the republican side. The years quickly passed. In 1884 Alice was pregnant with a baby girl. After Alice had the baby, two days later she died from bright’s disease ( a disease involving chronic inflammation of the kidneys). After Alice’s death, Theodore named the first baby girl Alice. But, once he had named her, and being overcome with grief from his wife’s death, he rejected Alice and gave her over to live with his sister.
While still grieving, Theodore spent time as a Rough Rider cowboy. The Rough Riders made fun of the way he talked very fancy and the way he wore leather boots. He declared he wouldn’t marry again, but after seeing his childhood friend, Edith Kermit Carow, he changed his mind. In 1886, Edith and Theodore were married. Soon after the marriage, Edith and Theodore had a baby boy named Theodore Junior. After Theodore Junior, the children piled up all the way to six (with Alice returning to live them).
Theodore joined in the war against Spain when he heard that the United States was fighting against the Spanish. The reason he went to war was because he wanted his six children to think of him as a hero. The war ended almost as soon as it started, and the United States had won over Spain. Soon after fighting with Spain, Theodore went into another war against Cuba.
In 1901, Theodore Roosevelt became vice president under William McKinley. One day, William McKinley was assassinated by Leon Czolgosz, and Theodore then became President. His first day in the White House was September, his fathers birthday. While he was president, he declared to fight against the rich, who were getting too much, and the poor, who were getting too little. People were scared of him because they thought of him as a time bomb, they didn’t know if or when he was going to blow his fuse.
When he was forty-six years old, he was elected president of the United States for the first time. While Theodore was president, he had miners dig coal for winters and helped settle their coal strike. He negotiated the Panama Canal, he started the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), he was the first president ever be shot in film, first president to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and helped save thousands of acres for national parks. Once, he couldn’t bring himself to shoot a bear cub ,so they named the Teddy Bear after him (though he did not like to be called Teddy).
Whenever he was stressed, he would write. He wrote over thirty-six books. In one of his journals he wrote, “I have tried and failed”. One day he made the great mistake by saying he wouldn’t run for president again, this stayed with him for the rest of his life. He was fifty years old when his presidential term came to an end in 1909.
After he left the White House, Theodore Roosevelt didn’t know what he was going to do with his life. After awhile, he decided to visit Africa. In Africa, he sent letters to Edith and she would write him back. He hunted a lot of wild animals including lions, elephants, zebras, rhinos, and water buffalo. After almost a year of Theodore and Edith being apart, Edith decided to visit Roosevelt in Africa. After Theodore got bored in Africa, he decided to go to Europe before returning home. When he came back to the United States, the Wright Brothers asked him to take a trip with them on the airplane that they invented.
One day in 1912, while Theodore was trying to run for president again, on his way to make a speech he was shot near the heart by John Schrank. He was hurt by the assault but refused to seek a hospital and continued to give his speech.
World War 1 started in 1914, Theodore wanted to join in the war but being older,overweight, and partly blind he couldn’t. However, all four of his sons did go. Sadly his youngest son didn’t come home from the war. Theodore and Edith found out he had been killed. Theodore loved his youngest son very much and was heart broken when he found out. His son was only nineteen. World War 1 ended in 1918. Theodore died a year later in 1919 at the age of sixty.
I personally thought Theodore had a good heart and was strong spirited and full of wisdom. His words spoke the truth and he lived to be a descent age. He lived a long adventurous life.
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