HEROES: Young Teddy

When the first Roosevelts lived in the White House, not even the most delicately carved period chair was safe during leapfrog sessions. A dappled pony clumped through the children's bedrooms, and was forever being backed in & out of the White House elevator by one or all of Teddy's four sons and two daughters. The youngsters roller skated on the shiny hardwood floors, burrowed through attics and ceilings, wobbled all over the White House on stilts. This was the era of the Strenuous Life, and the Roosevelt children lived it.

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