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Theodore Roosevelt American History Chickasha High School Mr Solomon April 16 1998 Second period Robert White Theodore Roosevelt 26th President of the United states Was the youngest President in the nations history he took office at the age of 42 Roosevelt had been vice President for only six months when president William McKinley was assassinated He vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy He took The view that the president as a steward of the people should take whatever action necessary for the public good unless expressly forbidden by law or the constitution I did not usurp power he wrote but i did greatly broaden the use of executive power Roosevelts youth differed sharply from that of the log cabin Presidents he was born in New York city on October 271858 into a wealthy family but he too struggled--against ill health When Theodore was about 12 his father told him that he would need a strong body to give his mind a chance to develop fully The next year while on a trip to Maine Theodore was tormented by two mischievous boys He felt ashamed because he was not strong enough to fight back Roosevelts father built a gymnasium in the family home and Theodore exercised there regularly He overcame his asthma and built up unusual physical strength Roosevelt studied under tutors until he entered Harvard University in 1876 at the age of 18 He earned good grades in college Roosevelt graduated from Harvard in 1880 In October 1879 Roosevelt met Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt courted Alice during his senior year at Harvard They married on his 22nd birthday A double tragedy struck on Feb 14 1884 Alice Roosevelt died two days after the birth of a daughter On the same day Roosevelts
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