With the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt became the youngest president in the nation's history. He brought new excitement and power to the presidency, as he vigorously led Congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy. Theodore Roosevelt was a central figure in American History.
Roosevelt's childhood was filled with many difficult formative experiences. He was born in New York City on Oct 27,1858 to an affluent family. Regardless of his families well-being, he struggled; against asthma. Theodore's father didn"t want his son to be weak because of his asthma so he forced him to participate in physical activity. Roosevelt believed that his father helped him to overcome his illness by making him participate in sports. He was very fond of his father and felt he was the finest man he ever knew. Unfortunately Theodore Roosevelt Sr. died on February 9, 1878 of stomach cancer. Tragedy struck again in the Roosevelt household six years later. In 1884 his first wife, Alice Lee Roosevelt died of Bright's disease and his mother died of typhoid on the same day. .
Roosevelt came into national prominence during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt was the assistant secretary of the navy. Battle of Manila. .
Roosevelt also served as the lieutenant colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment, which he led on a charge, on foot, at the battle of San Juan. After the capture of San Juan heights the city surrendered, and the war was virtually over. The Rough Riders were shipped back to the United States where there was much celebrating. He was one of the most prominent heroes of the war.
The Republican Old Guard viewed Roosevelt as an eccentric reformer. They worried he wanted to reform his own party. Their solution for this was.
Ironically, McKinley was assassinated September 14, 1901.
Theodore Roosevelt presidential achievements are extraordinary.