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The Life of Theodore Roosevelt

1858

October 27

Born 28 East Twentieth Street, New York City

1876-80 

  Attends Harvard: graduates magna cum laude

1878

February 9

Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., dies

1880

October 27

Marries Alice Hathaway Lee

1880-82

 

Attends Columbia Law School (does not graduate)

1881

November 8

Elected to New York State Assembly

1882

 

Publishes The Naval War of 1812

1883

September

Buffalo hunt, North Dakota; Purchases first badlands ranch

1884

February 12

Daughter Alice born

 

February 14

Wife Alice Lee and mother Mittie Roosevelt die in Roosevelt’s New York home

 

June

Delegate to Republican National Convention in Chicago

1885

 

Publishes Hunting Trips of a Ranchman

1886

December 2

Marries Edith Kermit Carow in London

1887

September 13

Son Theodore born

1888

 

Publishes Life of Gouverneur Morris, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, and Essays in Practical Politics

1889

May 7

Appointed U.S. Civil Service Commissioner by President Benjamin Harrison

 

October 10

Son Kermit born

 

 

Publishes two volumes of Winning of the West

1891

August 13

Daughter Ethel born





Publishes History of New York

1893

 

Publishes The Wilderness Hunter

1894

April 10

Son Archibald born

 

August 14

Death of brother Elliott

1895

 

Appointed New York Police Commissioner

 

 

Publishes Hero Tales of American History (with Henry Cabot Lodge)

1897

April 19

Begins duties as Assistant Secretary of the Navy

 

November 19

Son Quentin born

 

 

Publishes American Ideals

1898

April 25

Appointed lieutenant colonel of First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment

 

May 6

Resigns as Assistant Secretary of the Navy

 

July 1

Roosevelt’s “crowded hour” at Kettle and San Juan Hills

 

November 8

Elected Governor of New York

1899

 

Publishes The Rough Riders

1900

November 6

Elected Vice President of the United States

 

 

Publishes Oliver Cromwell and The Strenuous Life

1901

September 6

President McKinley shot in Buffalo, New York

 

September 14

Roosevelt sworn in as 26th President, Buffalo

1902

February 19

Orders federal antitrust suit against Northern Securities Co.

 

June 17

Signs Newlands Reclamation Act

 

October

Mediates anthracite coal strike

1903

February 14

Establishes Department of Commerce and Labor

 

March 14

Proclaims Pelican Island, first federal bird sanctuary

 

November 18

Panama Canal Treaty

1904

November 8

Elected President in his own right

 

December 6

Declares Roosevelt Corollary to Monroe Doctrine

1905

February 1

National Forest Service established

 

March 17

Attends wedding of niece Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt

 

June 2

Declares Wichita Forest, Oklahoma, first federal game preserve

 

August 25

Submarine ride in Plunger off Long Island

 

September 5

Signing of Portsmouth Treaty ending Russo-Japanese War

 

 

Publishes Outdoor Pastimes of an American Hunter

1906

February 17

Presides at White House over wedding of daughter Alice to Ohio congressman Nicholas Longworth

 

June 8

Signs Antiquities Act (National Monuments)

 

June 30

Signs Pure Food and Drug Act

 

November 8-26

Visits Panama Canal Zone

 

December 10

Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

1907

January 1

Shakes 8,513 hands, setting Guinness world record

 

 

Publishes Good Hunting

 

December 16

Sends Great White Fleet on its round-the-world cruise

1908

May 13-15

Convenes first White House governors conference to discuss conservation of natural resources

 

November 3

William Howard Taft elected to Presidency

1909

January 13

Rides 100 miles from Washington, D.C., to Warrenton, Virginia, to set example for military officers

 

February 22

Greets Great White Fleet on its return to the United States

 

March 23

Begins African safari with son Kermit

1910

March 30

Leaves Africa, begins European tour

 

April 23

Delivers “man in the arena” speech at Sorbonne, Paris

 

June 18

Triumphant return to New York City

 

August 31

Delivers New Nationalism speech at Osawatomie, Kansas

 

October 11

Flies in airplane near St. Louis

 

 

Publishes African and European Addresses, African Game Trails, American Problems, The New Nationalism, Presidential Addresses and State Papers, and European Addresses

1912

February 21

Announces that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination

 

June 18-22

Defeated by Taft at Republican National Convention in Chicago

 

August 5-7

National Progressive Party convenes in Chicago

 

October 14

Shot while campaigning in Milwaukee

 

November 5

Takes second place in Presidential election

 

 

Publishes The Conservation of Womanhood and Childhood

1913

May 26-31

Prevails in libel suit against Michigan editor who accused him of public drunkenness

 

October 4

Departs for South America to lecture and explore

 

 

Publishes Autobiography, History as Literature and Other Essays and Progressive Principles

1914

 

Roosevelt-Rondon Expedition explores the River of Doubt in the Amazon basin

 

May 7

Returns to the United States

 

 

Publishes Through the Brazilian Wilderness

1915

April-May

Defendant in libel suit filed by New York Republican leader William Barnes (wins)

 

 

Publishes America and the World War

1916

 

Publishes Fear God and Take Your Own Part and  A Booklover’s Holidays in the Open

1917

May 19

President Wilson refuses Roosevelt’s offer to lead a rough rider division on the western front in World War I

 

 

Publishes The Foes of Our Own Household and National Strength and International Duty

1918

July 14

Son Quentin killed in air action in Europe

 

 

Publishes The Great Adventure

1919

January 6

Dies in his sleep, 4:15 a.m. Sagamore Hill

 

January 8

Funeral services at Christ Church, Oyster Bay burial at Youngs Memorial Cemetery, Oyster Bay