Theodore Roosevelt: 150th Anniversary of His Birth


TR and John Muir at Yosemite

Roosevelt was born October 27, 1858. This year marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. The 26th President of the United States is remembered for elevating the power of the presidency to new heights. Here are twelve interesting facts about his life and his presidency: 

  • First American to be awarded the Nobel Prize, winning the Peace Prize in 1906, for negotiating the peace in the Russo-Japanese War.
  • Only president to win his country’s highest military honor. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American War. His oldest son, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on the Normandy beaches during D-Day, June 6, 1944.
  • Although he was affectionately called “Teddy” by the public, he preferred to be called TR by his friends and family.
  • He had a photographic memory and could read and comprehend several books in a day.
  • TR was ahead of his time in that he multi-tasked with ease. He could be dictating letters to one secretary and a memo to another, while browsing through a new book.
  • He was a prolific author. One of his books published on The Naval War of 1812 remains an essential reference to this conflict and continues to be reprinted to this day.
  • TR was the youngest person to assume the presidency at age 42. (John F. Kennedy was the youngest to be elected at age 43)
  • He was the fifth Vice President to succeed to the office of President, but the first to win election in his own right.
  • He promised not to run again after his election even though he was eligible. He later regretted this because he was forced to leave the presidency at the young age of fifty and the height of his popularity
  • First president to be involved in an automobile accident. One of the Secret Service agents guarding him was killed in the incident. He became the first agent killed while on duty (more on this gentleman in another posting).
  • First president to fly in an airplane and ride in a submarine
  • The “teddy bear” was created and named after him when he refused to shoot an orphaned black bear while on a hunting trip.

4 Responses to Theodore Roosevelt: 150th Anniversary of His Birth

  1. Kate says:

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Dennis Price says:

    Great photo and historic synopsis. Too bad he wasn’t running in the last election. We might have had a candidate we could vote for and be proud of. Pappy

  3. stamperdad says:

    Our family visited there on our motorhome trip in July. Loved the park and Medora. Took a tour of TR’s cabin at the south unit.

    History came alive when I toured this park. Fantastic place. Glad you got to see it too.
    Here is the link to my previous post,


  4. Dominique says:

    TR was a fascinating guy. The photo with this post was interesting to me because of TR’s interest in nature preservation and conservation. I wrote something about a national park in North Dakota named for him ( Great place to visit if you ever get out that way, and the history of the park and its connection to TR is really interesting. He often said his time in North Dakota was one of the reasons he became president!

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