Roosevelt's youth differed sharply from that of the log cabin Presidents. He was born in New York City in 1858 into a wealthy family,
Positions: New York State Assemblyman Governor of New York Vice President President Deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory Police Commissioner of New York City U.S. Civil Service Commissioner Assistant Secretary of the Navy Colonel of the Rough Riders
With the assassination of President McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the youngest President in the Nation's history.
In 1897 he joined President McKinley's administration as assistant secretary of the Navy. While in this office he actively prepared for the Cuban War, and when it broke out in 1898, went to Cuba as lieutenant colonel of a regiment of volunteer cavalry.
He held the vice-presidency for less than a year, succeeding to the presidency after the assassination of President McKinley on September 14, 1901. In 1904 Roosevelt was elected to a full term as president.
He also established himself as a historian and as a naturalist. Had he not become President, he would be remembered for his contributions in both of these fields.
Major Events While in Office: Panama Canal Rights Acquired (1904) Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine (1904-1905) Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) Won Nobel Peace Prize (1906) Pure Food and Drug Act (1906) San Francisco Earthquake (1906) Panic of 1907