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One of the most colorful Presidents of the United States was Teddy Roosevelt Theodore Teddy Roosevelt was born on October 27 1858 in New York City His parents were Theodore Roosevelt Sr and Martha Bulloch Teedie as his close friends and family called him was the second child of four As he grew up he developed a love of natural history and reading as well as hunting boxing and wrestling He was educated in expensive private elementary and high schools Roosevelt went to Harvard from 1876 to 1880 where his hard work led him to the Columbia University Law School During his Harvard years he met Alice Lee whom he married after his graduation They settled in New York where he wrote a book entitled The Naval War of 1812 Eventually he came to the world of politics and in 1881 was elected as a Republican to the New York State Assembly Here he worked with members of both parties but did not run again in 1884 because of family problems On February 14 1884 his wife had died while giving birth to a daughter who survived Also on that same day his mother passed away Roosevelt left New York and moved out west to Montana where he started the Elkhorn Ranch Here for two years he ran his ranch and continued to write In 1886 however he returned to the New York City entered politics and took third in the race for Mayor of New York City He met and married Edith Carow the same year They moved to Long Island where they had five children In 1889 Roosevelt became the New York Civil Service Commissioner after speaking in favor of hiring government workers based on skills not party preference Here Roosevelt gained public interest after exposing weaknesses in the patronage system Then in 1894 he returned to New York City as the President of the Police Board He fought against
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