Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders

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Teddy Roosevelt best known for being the 26th president of the United States as well as being the founder of the group the Rough Riders. The Rough Riders are known for their courages march up the San Juan Hill under Teddy Roosevelt 's command. The Rough Riders were all volunteers that wanted to be a part of Teddy Roosevelt 's army. At San Juan Hill Teddy Roosevelt is most well known for his decision to charge up the hill and going against the captain 's orders. Teddys decision paid off and him and his army took the hill in around twenty minutes. When Teddy returned home he quickly became known as a national hero. He was then elected the governor of New York following his return. Mckinley appointed Teddy as his vice president and when Mckinley …show more content…
However Teddy was born with asthma which he struggled with in his early years as a child. Teddy came to the decision that he would take a gymnastics and weightlifting class to get his body and shape and hopefully diminish the effects of asthma he had been struggling with. After the class Teddy became a lifetime advocate for exercise and Teddy would always find time in his day to get outside and exercise. Teddy would always find “....time for physical exertions including hiking, riding horses, and swimming(Millercenter ).” Growing up Teddy became a very well rounded person always taking on new challenges and grasping opportunities. Roosevelt got a taste of international life at a very young age and was traveling all over Europe and the Middle East with his family. Once Roosevelt returned to the United States he enrolled in Harvard College. He studied a lot of subjects “including German, natural history, zoology, forensics, and composition. He also continued his physical endeavors, taking on boxing and wrestling as new pursuits(MillerCenter).” Tragedy hit Teddy on February 12th 1884 when his wife Alice Lee and his mother died within hours of each other because of sickness. Teddy isolated himself and decided to take on the Western Frontier. There he became a sheriff and after a devastating winter which killed most of his cattle he decided to return to his old life. Teddy returned to New …show more content…
He was elected Governor of New York. Roosevelt said upon his return from the war in Cuba "I would rather have led that charge and earned my colonelcy than served three terms in the United States Senate. It makes me feel as though I could now leave something to my children which will serve as an apology for my having existed(MillerCenter)." This showed Teddy 's drive to be outdoors and be in the action instead of at the desk. When Teddy was appointed to be vice president for William McKinley. Roosevelt was dedicated to McKinley 's campaign and may have been more dedicated then he was. Teddys major contributions were his 21000 mile campaign train, while on the campaign he stopped in 567 cities and had spoke in twenty four states. Teddy was very true to his party and proved that during the campaign. Teddy always seemed to do things to the fullest and when he decided to do something he put all his resources towards it. However when President McKinley was murdered Teddy took his position and became the twenty sixth president of the United States. He also became the youngest person to serve as president. Teddy always had been an outdoors man. As a kid Teddy was always traveling and learning new things he always was looking for something new to learn about. As a boy in New York he took up taxidermy, “Eleven years later, he presented 622 carefully preserved bird skins

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