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Theodore Roosevelt

by Sal from Fresno


Theodore Roosevelt was a busy man during his lifetime. He was the youngest president at the age of 42, and the 25th vice president. He was also the 33rd governor of New York and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He is only one of three presidents to have been awarded the Nobel Peace prize by putting an end to the Russo-Japanese War.

When Roosevelt became the New York police commissioner in 1985, he turned one of the nation's most corrupt police forces in America into one of the best police forces of the time. After resigning from office, he became Assistant Secretary of the Navy. During his time as assistant secretary, something terrible happened.

When the battleship Maine sank near Havana, Cuba, Roosevelt prepared America for war. After the Spanish-American War started, he resigned from the Navy and became the leader of the volunteer fighters known as the Rough Riders.They are most known for their dual charge up San Juan Hill and Kettle Hill. For his leadership and bravery, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He is the only president to be awarded the nation's highest military valor and peace prize from the world.

After resigning from the navy, Roosevelt was elected governor of New York. He was elected in the year 1898 through 1901. In March of 1901, he was elected vice president of the United States until President McKinley's untimely death in September. On September 14, Roosevelt was sworn in as President of the United States.He served two full terms until 1909. Shortly after he resigned, he went on a safari hunt in Africa. His hunting party killed/trapped over 11,000 animals, which are displayed at the Smithsonian Museum and other museums around the country

As you just read, he was a very busy and important man during his life.This is the reason I chose him. He never knew what a dull moment was. Up until his death in 1919, he never slowed down. From being a commissioner to assistant secretary, colonel in the United States, vice president, president, and expedition hunter, you can truly say he was a hero.

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