Theodore Roosevelt was the twenty-sixth president of the
United States. He served in office from 1901 to 1909. With the
assassination of President McKinley, Roosevelt, not quite 43,
became the youngest President in the Nation's history.
Roosevelt's youth was very different from most of the
other Presidents. He was born in New York City in 1858 into a
wealthy family. His life was plagued early on by health problems and
illness which he overcame. The conquering of his ill health led to
Roosevelt supporting a strenuous lifestyle. In 1884, hisfirst wife,
Alice Lee Roosevelt, and his mother died on the same day. Following
their deaths, Roosevelt spent two years on his ranch in the Dakota
Territory. At his ranch, he spent his time driving cattle, big game
hunting and even captured an outlaw. During a trip to London,
England, he married Edith Carow in December 1886. Roosevelt was
a lieutenant colonel in the Rough Rider Regiment during the Spanish-
American War. He was one of the most remembered heroes of the
war, leading a charge at the battle of San Juan.
In 1898, Roosevelt was accepted as the Republican
candidate for governor of New York State. He won the election and
served as governor with distinction. He was elected as President in
1901 and served until 1909. Roosevelt was responsible for many
great achievements during his tenure as President. He believed in
fairness and justice while favoring no one over anyone else. Known
vibrantly as a "trust buster", Roosevelt forced a dissolution of a great
railroad combination in the Northwest with more antitrust suits
following under the Sherman Act.He was also responsible for the
construction of the Panama Canal, the establishment of the U.S. right
of intervention in Latin America, the prevention of foreign bases in the
Caribbean, and numerous achievements i