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Subject: Historical Account - Theodore Roosevelt
Date: Mon, 15 May 2000 21:17:37 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
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Submitted by: Nancy Hauser
Source: 'The Empire State in Three Centuries' Volume 3 Century History Company
THEODORE ROOSEVELT ex-Governor of the State of New York, was born in New York City, October 27,1858. He is the son of the late Theodore Roosevelt and a nephew of Robert B. Roosevelt and James A. Roosevelt. He was graduated from Harvard College in 1880 and began the study of law in New York. He served in the New York Assembly in 1882, 1883, 1884, and 1885, representing the Twenty- first District of New York City . In 1886 he w as Republican candidate for mayor of New York, in a triangular contest, Mayor Abram S. Hewitt and Henry George being the other candidates.
By President Cleveland, during the latter's first administration he was appointed a Republican member of the United States Civil-service Commission, and distinguished himself in this position by his vigorous efforts in enforcing civil service regulations.
He resigned from this office May 1, 1895, to accept his appointment by Mayor Strong as police commissioner of New York City, while, by the Board Of Police Commissioners he was elected its president. After a vigorous administration in this capacity he resigned to accept his appointment by President McKinley, April 6, 1897, as assistant secretary of the navy. He held this position during the period of preparation for the Spanish War, and then resigned to accept the commission of lieutenant-colonel of the regiment of so-called "Rough Riders," which had been organized to serve under him. This command participated in the Santiago campaign, while, after its engagement at Siboney, Roosevelt was comissioned colonel. Returning to the United States with his troops, he became the Republican candidate for governor of New York, and was elected to this office November 8, 1898.
In November, 1900, he was elected Vice-President of the United States. He is the author of "Naval War of 1812," "Life of Thomas H. Benton," "Life of Gouverneur Morris," "Ranch Life and Hunting Trail," "The Winning of the West," " History of New York City," "Essays on Practical Politics," "The Wilderness Hunter," "American Political Ideals," and, in collaboration with Henry Cabot Lodge, "Hero Tales from American History." He is also the author of a "Life of Oliver Cromwell."
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