The Strenuous Life

THE EARLY YEARS

1858-83

Born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1858, Theodore Roosevelt is the second of four children of Theodore and Martha Bulloch Roosevelt. At age 6, T.R., his brother Elliott and friend Edith Carow (who would one day be his second wife) watch Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession from the home of T.R.'s grandfather on Manhattan's Union Square. He graduates magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1880 and marries Alice Lee a few months later, on his 22nd birthday. The next year, he becomes the youngest man ever elected to the New York state assembly. A Republican,...

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