U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt Vital Statistics & Early Career
About the U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, his vital statistics including birth and death place and time, and early career.
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Born: Oct. 27, 1858, in New York City. The only president born in New York City. His reconstructed birthplace, a Victorian town house at 28 East 20th Street, is a museum administered by the National Park Service. Admission 50 cent.
Died: Jan. 6, 1919, at age 60, at his home, Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Roosevelt was suffering from inflammatory rheumatism, but the immediate cause of death was listed as an embolism in a coronary artery.
BEFORE THE PRESIDENCY
Career: As a child, Teddy Roosevelt was too sickly to attend school on a regular basis, so he was educated by private tutors until he entered Harvard at 18. During his senior year there, he began work on his book The Naval War of 1812, which was published two years later and enthusiastically received by critics and historians. Roosevelt's family connections (his grandfather was one of the wealthiest merchants and investors in New York) enabled him to secure the Republican nomination in New York's 21st Assembly District; at the age of 23, Roosevelt was elected to the state assembly. In Albany, young Roosevelt soon rose to prominence as an outspoken reformer, ready to offend the bosses of his own party with his attacks on corruption. He was also considered a traitor to his class, due to his efforts to improve working conditions in New York's sweatshops. He had originally opposed reform legislation, but after labor leader Samuel Gompers took the young legislator on a tour of East Side tenements, Roosevelt changed his mind.
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