Born in Manhattan on October 27, 1858—Theodore Roosevelt was brought up in a wealthy upbringing but suffered from poor health and was forced to live a very sheltered life as a child. Roosevelt’s debilitating asthma caused him to experience the sensation of being smothered to death—which scared him and his parents daily. Due to his medical condition he was homeschooled by various tutors and his parents instead of attending a generalized public school. As Roosevelt ventured into young adulthood, he made the trek to Harvard university where he studied German, natural history, zoology (which had been his passion since he was little), forensics, and composition. Post- graduation he ended up going to Columbia Law School but dropped out to serve the New York State assembly after only a year of attending courses. Roosevelt’s drive to better humanity led to vivid success throughout the course of his life and in his presidency.
Theodore Roosevelt became quite an avid political figure and started gaining most of his exposure when he established the “Roosevelt Museum of Natural History,” which is located across the street from Central Park. As a result of his passion of zoology and natural sciences his museum was able to become a very grounded part of American history that is still just as valuable in the present day— as individuals visit, study, and research all its inhabitants. Today the museum contains over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts—talk about an incredible environmental experience. Besides establishing a monumental natural history museum, he also aided William Henry Harrison on his presidential campaign and was rewarded by being appointed to The Civil Service Commission. As a result, Roosevelt uprooted his family to Washington to assume his new position. Years later he returned to New York and the people practically begged him to run for governor; so, he did. He ended up winning and serving as governor until he unexpectedly became president.
Roosevelt became the 26th president of the United States upon the assassination and death of William McKinley, and when it was time for a second term he ran and won by a landslide for an additional four-year term. Throughout his presidency he was able to tackle a plethora of human rights and environmental issues. Roosevelt averted a national emergency by seamlessly dealing with the 1902 coal strike, as he bartered with the miners by giving a 10% wage increase and a reduction of work hours. He also created the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 which essentially prohibited monopolistic power of railroads, which was a seemingly huge problem at the time. Along with all of that he was also able to pass the Pure Food & Drug Act and The Meat Inspection Act in 1906 to ensure sanitary conditions for food production—as people were getting ill and even dying as a result of poor sanitary conditions of meat slaughtering and general food manufacturing. One of his biggest accomplishments comes in the form and award, known as The Nobel Peace Prize. That’s right, Roosevelt became the first American in his time to ever win this honorary distinction—and it was certainly deserved.
On March 4, 1909—Theodore Roosevelts presidency had come to an end. After his presidential retirement he settled down in his Oyster Bay home and just enjoyed nature, hunted a little bit, and spent time with his family. Roosevelt ended up passing away on January 6, 1919 at the age of 61 due to heart disease. Theodore Roosevelt will forever be known as one of the most notable presidents in United States History!