Future President Theodore Roosevelt was born in New York on this day in 1858.
In reality, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man who ever became president. He assumed the presidency at 42 after President McKinley was assassinated. (Kennedy was the youngest elected at 43 in 1960)
He had an interesting life before stepping into The White House:
Roosevelt served as U.S. Civil Service commissioner from 1885 to 1889 in Washington, D.C., and then as New York City’s police commissioner from 1895 to 1897.
President William McKinley chose Roosevelt as assistant secretary of the Navy later that year.
When the Spanish-American War broke out in 1898, Roosevelt signed up for cavalry service, leading a pivotal battle at San Juan Heights in Cuba. His exemplary leadership in the war contributed to his successful campaign to become New York’s governor in late 1898, an office he held until 1900 when the Republican Party nominated him to be William McKinley’s vice-presidential running mate.
The campaign was successful, but President McKinley was shot by an assassin less than a year into this second term, on September 12, 1901.
Two days later, McKinley died from his wounds and Roosevelt began the first of his two terms in the White House.
Roosevelt, the first president of the 20th century, is also seen by many as the nation’s first modern president.
In 1906, President Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize. He brokered a peace treaty between Russia and Japan. Mr. Roosevelt became the first American ever to win a Nobel Prize in any category.
Overall, a very dynamic president who left his mark in many areas.