Some people live extraordinary lives, lives that result in their face being immortalized as a giant carving on the side of a mountain in a national park. Teddy Roosevelt was one of them.

Simply put, Roosevelt was a man’s man. Early in life, he worked as a deputy sheriff and cattle rancher. He also served as a naturalist, historian, explorer and author, practiced law, and became the assistant Secretary of the Navy. He organized the Rough Riders and served in the Spanish-American War. In fact, he directed the advance on San Juan Hill. He was also police commissioner and later the governor of New York. Oh, and as if this wasn’t enough he became the president of the United States. And he accomplished all of this by the age of 43.

After William McKinley was assassinated 1901, Roosevelt became the youngest president in history; he was just 42 years old. Following Roosevelt’s first term, he was elected to a second. This marked the first time a president entered the office following the death of the sitting president and was then chosen to remain in office in the following election.


Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858 in New York City. He graduated from Harvard University in 1880, where he was involved in several clubs, societies and spent time writing for the school newspaper and published books of his own interests. He also competed with multiple athletic teams and later attended Columbia Law School. He married at the age of 22, though he later lost his first wife following complications from the birth of the couple’s first child. His mother had died earlier the same day. Despite these losses, Roosevelt remained steadfast.

Naturally, Roosevelt entered the New York political scene following law school. However, he took time off and spent it in North Dakota where he accumulated a wide range of skills and occupations. If a harsh winter had not killed much of Roosevelt’s cattle in the winter of 1886-87, the world may have turned out quite differently. However, the future president lost a good deal of his livestock investments and returned east to resume a career in politics.


The 26th U.S. president was revered enough to be included on Mount Rushmore, along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson. The country made strides in many areas under his watch, and became more involved globally. He also set the country up for economic progress by spearheading the idea to construct the Panama Canal. He established many things still in use today, such as the Forest Service and five national parks and four national monuments, including areas of the Grand Canyon, protecting and conserving some of America’s most beautiful natural land.

He was a groundbreaker. Roosevelt invited Booker T. Washington to dinner at the White House, making Booker the first African-American visitor. He was also the first president to ever fly in an airplane, own a car and a telephone. The teddy bear was even named after him. A man of many talents and experiences, Roosevelt has gone down in history as one of the greatest presidents, and men, the United States has ever known. And there is no question, that he is the Bomb Dot Com.