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Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27th, 1858 in New York, New York. He took the position of President in 1901 after the assignation of President McKinley. Roosevelt was only 41 years old when he took the position as President. In 1910, President Roosevelt was the first president ever to fly in a plane, when he took a 4 minute flight in a plane built by the Wright brothers. If this information has caught your attention, then continue to read and see how interesting President Roosevelt really was.

Theodore RooseveltTheodore Roosevelt, the 26th US President. Pic by Pach Brothers.

Family life

Theodore Roosevelt was the son of Theodore Roosevelt and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt. He married Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt and had six children; 3 boys and 3 girls. Roosevelt had many pets, some were; Skip, a Chesapeake bay retriever; Manchu, Sailor Boy, a Pekingese; a mutt; and two terriers named Jack and Pete. Other than dogs, Roosevelt had cats, a badger, a pony, a macaw, a piebald rat, a garter snake, horses, bears, guinea pigs, kangaroo rats, lizards, roosters, an owl, a flying squirrel, a raccoon, a coyote, a lion, a hyena and a zebra. Looks like Roosevelt had his own little zoo at home.

Politics

Theodore Roosevelt’s political party of choice was Republican. He held many different offices in his lifetime. Roosevelt was a member of the New York state Assembly from 1882 to 1884; a member of the Civil Service Commission from 1889 to 1895; the Assistant Secretary of the Navy from 1895 to 1897; the Governor of New York from 1898 to 1900, the Vice President of the United States in 1901; and eventually the President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. His Vice President was Mr. Charles Warren Fairbanks.

Theodore Roosevelt's face on Mount RushmoreTheodore Roosevelt’s face on Mount Rushmore. © Scott Catron.

Hobbies

Theodore Roosevelt had many hobbies such as boxing, hunting, jujitsu, riding, shooting, tennis and wrestling. While he was President, he especially enjoyed horseback riding, hunting, and boxing. Roosevelt also wrote books on topics such as politics, America, outdoor pastimes, the wilderness, and great adventures.

“Teddy Bear”

In 1903, the first “Teddy Bear” was named after Theodore Roosevelt. After refusing to shoot a bear cub while hunting, someone made a stuffed bear cub toy out of fabric and gave it to him as a joke. Thus, the first Teddy Bear was created.