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Birthday: October 27, 1858
Birthplace: New York, NY
College or University: Harvard
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Occupation or Profession: Author
Military Rank: Colonel
Married: Alice Hathaway Lee ( 1st wife - died in 1884) - Edith Kermit Carow (2nd wife - married 1886)
Children: Alice Roosevelt (first marriage), Theodore Roosevelt Jr., Kermit Roosevelt, Ethel Carow Roosevelt, Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt, Quentin Roosevelt
President number: 26th
Political Party: Republican
Runner Up: Alton B. Parker
Vice President: Charles W. Fairbanks
Age at Inauguration: 42
Served: 1901-1909
Number of terms: 2
Other Offices or Commissions: Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Governor of N.Y., Vice President
Died: January 6, 1919 in Oster Bay, NY
Age at Death: 60
Place of Burial: Oster Bay, NY

Other Interesting Facts and Trivia:

- Theodore Roosevelt was nicknamed "Teddy" when a child. Though he had asthma, he spent a lot of time outdoors.

- In 1902, Roosevelt went on a bear hunt. A toymaker in Brooklyn created a stuffed bear he named Teddy's Bear. The teddy bear has been a popular stuffed animal ever since.

- As a child, Roosevelt had asthma and was often sick.

- Roosevelt's wife and mother (Martha Bulloch Roosevelt) died on the same day - February 14, 1884.

- After the deaths of his mother and wife, Roosevelt moved to North Dakota to become a cowboy and rancher. However, 2 years later, in 1895, he returned to New York to head the city's police department.

- Roosevelt organized a volunteer Army (the "Rough Riders") when the Spanish-American War broke out and became a war hero. The Army consisted of cowboys, Native Americans, athletes and New York City policmen. They became famous in the battle of San Juan, Cuba.

- When President McKinley died, Vice President Roosevelt became the youngest president in history at age 42.

- Roosevelt is responsible for starting the building of the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

- In 1905, Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for helping end a war between Russian and Japan.

- Roosevelt created 5 national parks, 18 national monuments and 51 wildlife refuges.

- The Roosevelts had more than 40 pets in the White House: birds, guinea pigs, badger, pony, one legged rooster, pig, raccoon, cats, dogs, rats and snakes.

- Roosevelt's daughter, Alice, liked to wear a snake named Emily Spinach around her neck to shock people.


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