Theodore Roosevelt was born in Manhattan on October 27, 1858. 160 years ago, today.
Among many other things in his life, he was for a time a cowboy in the Dakota Territory, in the area of North Dakota where today resides the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
Look closely at the picture. You can almost see Teddy. He was a powerful, guiding force behind the movement to protect precious, historic, scientifically valuable and beautiful lands, by the federal government.
In 1922, the U.S. Navy started celebrating Navy Day on Roosevelt’s Birthday, October 27, to honor Roosevelt. When he had been Secretary of the Navy, Roosevelt overhauled the entire fleet and brought the U.S. Navy onto the world stage as a modern, major fighting force worthy of deep respect. When we fly the flag for Navy Day, we also honor one of the Navy’s greatest leaders, Navy Secretary Theodore Roosevelt.
Happy Theodore Roosevelt’s birthday, America.
- Theodore Roosevelt’s typewriter at Sagamore Hill
- Does this photograph show Theodore Roosevelt at Lincoln’s funeral procession? Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub, February 22, 2010
- Teddy Roosevelt statue to be unveiled at his first inauguration site, 2015
- “The Man in the Arena,” at TheodoreRoosevelt.com
- Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
- Roosevelt’s “Progressive Covenant with the People,” 1912 (audio) (maybe a more audible version here, with a written text)
A short, mostly accurate history of Teddy Roosevelt, from some guy named Jeremiah:
In his life, Teddy Roosevelt often lived outside the box, bigger than life. Running for election in 1912, Roosevelt was shot in the chest before a speech in Milwaukee. The copy of the speech and things in his pocket protected him, but it was still quite a blow to his chest. Roosevelt gave the speech before going to a hospital. Here’s a headline from the Atlanta Constitution on the affair.