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Theodore Roosevelt was more than just the 26th president of the United States He was a writer historian explorer big-game hunter soldier conservationist ranchman and Nobel Peace Prize winner It is not surprising that his life was known as The Strenuous Life Theodore was born into a wealthy and socially prominent New York family in 1858 Although with a quick mind he was not blessed with a strong body He suffered from life-threatening asthma attacks throughout his childhood Spurred on by his father Theodore began to build up his body by strenuous exercise and by adulthood he had become a model of physical courage and toughness As a young man Roosevelt decided on a dual career law and politics At the time New York politics was dominated by men involved in machine politics Yet he persisted in getting to know and understand them while at the same time attending Columbia Law School Eventually he secured the friendship of a man named Joe Murray who was able to get him nominated as a 21st District State Republican Assemblyman Together with Murrays contacts and knowledge of machine politics and his own family and social connections Roosevelt was able to easily win the election He was 23 and in Albany Theodore served three terms in the New York Assembly Roosevelt was a delegate to the Republican convention and as a matter of principle he vigorously opposed the leading candidates - James G Blaine and President Arthur Roosevelt supported a reformer Senator George F Edmunds In the end Blaine won the nomination and this put Roosevelt in a difficult position He did not believe that Blaine was honest yet if he followed the example of other progressives and did not support him he realized he would be through in the Republican party He supported Blaine When Blaine lost Theodore received no political position and his political career was over Ranchman Roosevelt not only suffered political defeat in 1884
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