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Theodore Roosevelt:
A Presidential Unit

Theodore Roosevelt became the 26th President of the United States upon the assassination of President William McKinley on 14 September 1901. At 42 he was the youngest man to ever take office. Although born into wealth, he believed in the rights of the common people and giving them a chance to succeed.

Political Party: Republican
Years Served: September 14, 1901 to March 3, 1909
Vice President(s): Charles Fairbanks (1905 - 1909)
Name of his parents: Theodore Roosevelt and Martha Bulloch
Wife's name: Alice Hathaway Lee (1861-1884), on October 27, 1880; Edith Kermit Carow (1861-1948), on December 2, 1886
Yearly Salary as President: $50,000
Physical Stature: 5 feet, 10 inches
State of Birth: New York

"As a boy, Teddy Roosevelt had severe asthma. Sometimes he had to sleep sitting in a chair so he could breathe. But he worked hard to become healthy. He was a hunter, wrestler, a polo player, a boxer, a swimmer, a mountain climber, an explorer, a rancher, a soldier, a student of history, and a writer.

Teddy married Alice Lee in 1880 but she died two days after the birth of a daughter in 1884. In 1886, Teddy married a childhood friend named Edith Carow and had five more children. Teddy Roosevelt made playing with his children an important part of his, and their, life. They were a very lively family. Teddy gave his children a pony. When his son Archie had the measles, his brothers Quentin and Kermit brought the pony upstairs in the White House elevator for a visit.

During the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was commander of a cavalry unit called the Rough Riders. He became a national hero.

Roosevelt loved to change things he believed needed changing. One of those things was big business. That made him many enemies, even in his own political party. It also earned him the nickname 'trust-buster.' "

On Line Lesson Plans:

Theodore Roosevelt from TeacherVision
Teddy Roosevelt
Presidential Thinkquest

Coloring Pages, Crafts, and Fun Activities:

Presidential Finger Puppets
Annie's Page
Grover Cleveland from Enchanted Learning

On Line Resources:


Trivia Questions:

1. What were the names of the Theodore Roosevelt children and how many were there? [Answer: Alice Lee Roosevelt (1884-1980); Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. (1887-1944); Kermit Roosevelt (1889-1943); Ethel Carow Roosevelt (1891-1977); Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt (1894-1979); Quentin Roosevelt (1897-1918)]

2. What other political positions did McKinley hold? [Answer: Member of New York State Assembly, 1882-84; Member of Civil Service Commission, 1889-95; Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1895-97; Governor of New York, 1898-1900; Vice President, 1901 (under McKinley)].

Of Note:

Roosevelt was the first President to ride in a car, fly in a plane, and travel in a submarine.

Two events during his presidency were the Wright Brother's first flight (1903) and the San Francisco Earthquake (1906).

The teddy bear was named after Theodore Roosevelt.

Oklahoma was admitted to the Union under his presidency.

Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for helping end a war between Russia and Japan.


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