Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858 at 7:45 PM. at the family brownstone, 28 East 20th St, New York City. He was the only president born in New York City. His father was Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. (1831-1878), Merchant. His mother was Martha “Mittie” Bulloch Roosevelt (1834-1884). He was the second of four children; Theodore had two sisters and a brother-Mrs. Anna “Bamie” Cowles, Elliot Roosevelt and Mrs. Corinne Robinson. 

Theodore Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee when he was 22 and she was 19 years of age, on October 27, 1880, at the Unitarian Church in Brookline, Massachusetts. She died when she was 22 years of age from Childbirth complications. Roosevelt remarried Edith Kermit Carow when he was 28 and she was 25 years of age on December 2, 1886 at St. George’s hurche of Hanover Square, in London England. 

Roosevelt had one daughter by the first marriage- Alice Roosevelt (1884-1990); and he had four sons and a daughter by his second marriage-Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1887-1944), Kermit Roosevelt (1889-1943), Ethel Carow Roosevelt (1891-1977), Archibald Bulloch Roosevelt (1894-1979) and Quantin Roosevelt (1897-1918). 

Too sick to attend school, Theodore learned the fundamentals from his maternal aunt Annie Bulloch and other teachers followed. He studied German and French in Dresden, Germany in the summer of 1873. In 1875 he passed the Harvard admission exam. He graduated twenty-first of a class of 177 students in 1880. He entered Law school in 1880 but dropped out the following year to run for the state assembly. He never sought admission to the bar. 

Roosevelt served in the New York National Guard from 1882 to 1885, rising from second lieutenant to Captain. Latter, during the Spanish-American war, Roosevelt served as Commander of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment participating in the action in Cuba rising to Colonel. 

His public positions include: New York State Assemblyman (1882-1884), Member of the Civil Service Commission (1889-1895), President of New York City Police Board (1895-1897), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1897-1898), Governor of New York (1898-1900) and Vice President (March to September 1901). 

With the death in office of Vice President Garret Hobard, He became the Vice president under President McKinley and, after the assassination of McKinley; Roosevelt assumed the presidency On September 14, 1901. Roosevelt became elected president in 1904 running for the Republican Party. 

During his last years Theodore Roosevelt was plagued by recurrences of the malaria and leg infection contracted in Brazil. He also had a painful inflammatory rheumatism, and ear infection that developed into mastoiditis, leaving him deft of one ear. In his sleep he suffered a coronary embolism and died on January 6, 1919, shortly after 4 Am.

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