Theodore Roosevelt: Fearless

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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 grandmo... ... middle of paper ... ...and on January 5, 1919, died from a clot in his coronary artery (Herbert 375). Works Cited Dalton, Kathleen. Theodore Roosevelt: A Strenuous Life. New York: Vintage Books, 2002. Print. DiNunzio, Mario R, ed. Theodore Roosevelt: An American Mind, A Selection from his Writings. New York: St. Martin, 1994. Print. Gould, Lewis L. The Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Kansas: UP of Kansas, 1991. Print. Grantham, Dewey W, ed. Theodore Roosevelt. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1971. Print. Herbert, Thomas. Life and Work of Theodore Roosevelt, Typical American, Patriot, Orator, Historian, Sportsman, Soldier, Statesman and President. New York: Walter, 1919. Print. Morris, Edmund. The Rise Of Theodore Roosevelt. NewYork: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1979. Print. SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Theodore Roosevelt.” SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 26 Nov. 2013.
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