Theodore Roosevelt Essay

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As the 26th president of the United States and also the youngest president ever elected, Theodore Roosevelt faced many challenging decisions, but he knew how to handle them. He fought for what he believed and never backed down from that belief. Theodore Roosevelt faced challenging circumstances while growing up which made many consider him to be frail and not likely to succeed; however, he came to be known as a notable statesman, military leader, governor, vice-president of the United States, and finally the most powerful leader in the free world, President of the United States of America. Theodore Roosevelt’s family ancestors were successful Dutch glass importers that were one of New York’s leading families in the late 1800s. His…show more content…
Theodore arrived to be welcomed by his brother, who thought a curse was on Theodore’s house. After giving birth, Alice died of Bright’s disease, an inflammation of the kidneys. His mother was also sick with what they thought was a cold, but it actually was typhoid fever. By 2:00 p.m. on February 14, both Alice and his mother were dead. Theodore wrote in his diary, “The light has gone out of my life” (Markham 33). As life moved on for Theodore, he began to meet with an old childhood friend, Edith Carrow. He still suffered the pain of the death of Alice and never forgot her beauty and strong personality. Edith was just the woman he needed. On December 6, 1886, they were married in London. Their first son, Theodore junior, was born in 1887, followed by Kermit, Ethel, Archibald, and Quentin, the last of his children with Edith. With all of these children and also Alice, his daughter from his first wife, Roosevelt expressed the boyish enthusiasm that had always been the central part of his life. Theodore Roosevelt’s childhood education started at home with private tutors. He attended Harvard University to pursue a career in science. Since his health almost never permitted him to go to school, he continued to have tutors help him at home. After graduation from Harvard in 1880, he decided to enroll in the Columbia University
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