Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt
Lt. Colonel Theodore Roosevelt (War with Spain)
Theodore Roosevelt was born at 28 East 20th Street in New York City on October 27, 1858. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Harvard in 1880, and entered Columbia Law School. Finding the law boring Roosevelt researched and wrote his first major book, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), which is still considered the only comprehensive history on the subject. In 1881 Roosevelt was elected as a New York Assemblyman, left law school, and began a new career in public life.
In 1884 his first wife and his mother died on the same day. Roosevelt spent much of the next two years on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. There he mastered his sorrow as he lived in the saddle, driving cattle, hunting big game. On a visit to London, he married Edith Carow in December 1886. One of their children was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.
During the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was a lieutenant colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment, in which he led a charge at the battle of San Juan on July 1, 1898. He was one of the most conspicuous heroes of the war. For his bravery he was recommended for the Medal of Honor but was not awarded the medal for another 103 years. President William Clinton presented the Medal posthumously at White House on January 16, 2001.
After the war, Roosevelt in 1898, was elected Governor of New York State and served with distinction. He was the 25th Vice President before becoming the 26th President in 1901 upon the assassination of President William McKinley. Inaugurated at the age of 42, Roosevelt became the youngest President and served two terms. He was also the first American to win a Nobel Prize in any category, having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his mediation of the Russo-Japanese War.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 6, l906. The charter was signed by Compatriot President Theodore Roosevelt, who was a member of the SAR.
Theodore Roosevelt’s National number is 12000 from the State of New York. His Patriot ancestor is Jacobus (James) Roosevelt who served as Commissary in the New York Troops during the Revolutionary War. Theodore Roosevelt signed his SAR application on April 6, 1899 in the City and County of Albany, NY.
Theodore Roosevelt died June 6, 1919 at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, NY, and is buried in a nearby cemetery.