One of our most exciting and storied presidents.
At 42, the youngest man to become president, he would
later become the first known by just his initials: TR. Author of 35 books,
he was an authority on botany as well as British naval history in the war
of 1812. Historian David McCullough says he could read two books a night
and quote from them five years later.
One of my favorite stories about him is that as a New
York City police commissioner he would walk the streets at night to catch
cops sleeping on the job. While a NY State assemblyman, he lost his young
wife and mother on the same evening. The subsequent grief would lead to
his time as a cowboy, rancher and sheriff in North Dakota.
His work as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Policies
as President would help turn the United States into a global power.
As a warrior he would resign his job as Assistant
Secretary of the Navy to seek combat in the Spanish American War with the
First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry he would form. Comprised of those from his
many walks of life, it included seasoned Dakota Bad Lands toughs, Ivy
Leaguers, polo players, a tennis champion, New York City cops, Pawnee
scouts. He had more applicants than he could accept. Newspapers nicknamed
them "The Rough Riders."
After his presidency he tried to convince President
Wilson to allow him back into combat in WWI. He was also the first
American to win a Nobel Price, wining the Peace Price in 1906 for
mediating an end to the Russo-Japanese war.