Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 at 28 East 20th Street in the city of New York, New York. He was the second child of Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt who were great parents and very wealthy. Theodore was the brother of Bamie, Elliott, and Corinne Roosevelt. Although Theodore grew up in a very wealthy family, he still suffered from bad eyesight and asthma. Even with his ill health, he still was a very active child and participated in outdoor sports along with good exercise daily. One of the sports he enjoyed and participated in was boxing, until he lost his sight in one eye during a match. (Burns, James MacGregor. Three Roosevelts, The. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2001.)
Although Roosevelt’s illnesses made it difficult, he still got a good education with private tutors along with his aunt, instead of attending a public school. He went far with his education and attended Harvard University from 1876 – 1880 where he had the privilege of being a member of the Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated magna cum laude on June 30, 1880. During his time of attending Harvard he started writing his book Naval History of the War of 1812, which was published in 1882. It set the standard for studies on naval strategy and was required reading at the Naval Academy in Annapolis for many years. He was very successful at Harvard and moved on soon after graduation to attend Columbia Law School. He discontinued his study of law in 1882 without getting a degree or becoming a lawyer. However, his passion for writing continued.
He married Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880 on his 22nd birthday. They had one daughter, Alice Lee, before his wife’s death on February 14, 1884. His mother also passed on this very same day.
Because of his ill health and to get away from the losses of his wife and mother, he went to Dakota where he could prolong his interest in writing. He established two cattle ranches in the Badlands of...