THEODORE ROOSEVELT HISTORY LESSON
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Theodore Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858. He was born in New York City, New York to Dutch-American parents. Roosevelt would grow up to do many great things. One of the most important things was becoming the youngest person (at this time) to be elected as President.
Life did not start out on such a grand scale for this future president. Teddy had many health problems as a child. He had problems with his eyesight. He had asthma so bad he had attacks more often than most asthmatics do. This caused Teddy to concentrate more on reading and studying than physical activities. He was a very smart boy. As he got older, he decided to give sports and other athletics a go. This is because he wanted his physical presence to develop as much as his mind had.
As Roosevelt reached his college years, he applied to Harvard. He did not get in on his first try. He had to study Math, Latin, and Greek for two full years before he passed the test to get in to Harvard University. Despite not making it on his first try, Roosevelt did very well while in school. In fact, he was able to join many of the important clubs and was even given the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa key.
While at Harvard, Roosevelt met the woman he wanted to marry, Alice Hathaway Lee. Roosevelt married Miss Lee and they moved back to New York. In the beginning, Teddy studied Law. Eventually he set his sights on politics. In 1880, he pushed his way into the Republican Party. By the next year, he gained a seat on the New York Assembly. Though he seemed an unlikely candidate for politics Teddy Roosevelt was proving to be just what politics needed.
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