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Theodore Roosevelt the second of four children was born in New York New York on October 27 1858 He was part Dutch English Welsh Scottish Irish French and German Because of Roosevelts poor health he suffered from asthma and defective vision He had great energy curiosity and determination like his father Teedie as his family would call him loved books and the outdoors He combined these interests into nature study When he was ten and again when he was fourteen Teedie went with his family on yearlong trips to Europe and the Middle East His father built a gymnasium in his house so he could exercise regularly His father said that he would need a strong body to give his mind a chance to develop fully Over time Roosevelt overcame his asthma and built up unusual physical strengthOn October 27 1880 Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway They were a happily married couple for about 3 years until she died on February 13 1884 following a baby girl the next day named Alice Roosevelts mother died on the same day as Theodores wife Baby Alice survived and was subsequently married in a lavish White House ceremony to Nicholas LongworthMeanwhile Roosevelt married his childhood sweetheart Edith Kermit Carow in London She was an intelligent sensitive and cultivated woman Resignedly she accepted many of her husbands most disruptive decisions such as his break with the Republican Party in 1912 She gave four sonsTheodore Jr Archibals Quentin and a daughrt Ethel The energetic kids in the Roosevelt family were the liveliest group of children to live in the White HouseSeptember 14 1901 Roosevelt took the oath of office at Buffalo and became the twenty-sixth President of the United States At age 42 he was the youngest man to hold that office In May of 1902 Crater Lake National Park was established Other National Parks established by Roosevelt are Windy Cave National Park South Dakota Sullys Hill North Dakota Platt National
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