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Roosevelt, Theodorelocked

(27 October 1858–06 January 1919)
  • William H. Harbaugh


Roosevelt, Theodore (27 October 1858–06 January 1919), twenty-sixth president of the United States, was born in New York City. His father, Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., a partner in a prosperous family glass-importing firm, was a buoyant, dominant man with a self-described “troublesome conscience.” He imbued his son with an acute sense of civic and moral responsibility. He also pressed him excessively. Father, wrote Theodore, “was the best man I ever knew” and “the only man of whom I was really afraid.” To his son’s enduring regret, he bought his way out of military service in the Civil War in deference to the sensibilities of his Georgian wife, whose brothers were active Confederates. His mother, companionable, intelligent, and pleasure-loving Martha Bullock, was neurasthenic and tended to avoid many responsibilities. From her came Theodore’s humorous strain and delight in storytelling....

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