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Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York At eighteen he entered Harvard College and spent four years there dividing his time between books and sport and excelling at both After leaving Harvard he studied in Germany for almost a year and then immediately entered politics He was elected to the Assembly of New York State holding office for three years and distinguishing himself as a reformer In 1884 because of ill health and the death of his wife Roosevelt abandoned his political work for some time He invested part of the fortune he had inherited from his father in a cattle ranch in Wyoming expecting to remain in the West for many years He became a passionate hunter especially of big game and a believer in the wild outdoor life which brought him health and strength In 1886 Roosevelt returned to New York married again and once more plunged into politics President Harrison after his election in 1889 appointed Roosevelt as a member of the Civil Service Commission of which he later became president In 1897 he joined President McKinley administration as assistant secretary of the Navy Elected governor of the state of New York in 1898 he invested his two-year administration with the vigorous and businesslike characteristics He would have sought reelection in 1900 since much of his work was only half done had the Republicans not chosen him as their candidate for the second office of the Union He held the vice-presidency for less than a year succeeding to the presidency after the assassination of President McKinley on November 14 1901 In 1904 Roosevelt was elected to a full term as president In 1902 President Roosevelt took the initiative in opening the International Court of Arbitration at The Hague which though founded in 1899 had not been called upon by any power in its first three years of existence The United States and Mexico agreed to lay an old difference of theirs concerning
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