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Compatriot Medal of Honor Recipients

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was born at 28 East 20th Street in the city of New York on October 27, 1858. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and from Harvard in 1880, and entered Columbia Law School. Finding the law boring, Roosevelt researched and wrote his first major book, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), which is still considered the only comprehensive history on the subject. In 1881, Roosevelt was elected as a New York Assemblyman, left law school, and began a new career in public life.

In 1884, Roosevelt’s first wife and his mother both died on the same day. Roosevelt spent much of the next two years on his ranch in the Badlands of Dakota Territory. There, he mastered his sorrow as he lived in the saddle, driving cattle, and hunting big game. On a visit to London in December 1886, he married Edith Carow. One of their children was Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.

During the Spanish-American War, Roosevelt was a lieutenant colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment, in which he led a charge at the battle of San Juan on July 1, 1898. He was one of the most conspicuous heroes of the war. For his bravery, he was recommended for the Medal of Honor but was not awarded the Medal for another one hundred and three years. President William Clinton presented the Medal posthumously at the White House on January 16, 2001.

After the war, Roosevelt was elected as the governor of the state of New York in 1898 and served with distinction. He was the twenty-fifth Vice President before becoming the twenty-sixth President of the United States of America in 1901, upon the assassination of President William McKinley. Inaugurated at the age of forty-two, Roosevelt became the youngest president and served two terms. He was also the first American to win a Nobel Prize in any category, having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906 for his mediation of the Russo-Japanese War.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution was chartered by an Act of the United States Congress on June 6, l906. The charter was signed by President Theodore Roosevelt, who was also a member of the Empire State Society, SAR. President Roosevelt’s SAR National number is 12000 from the state of New York. His SAR patriot ancestor is Jacobus I. Roosevelt, who served as commissary in the New York Troops during the Revolutionary War. Theodore Roosevelt signed his SAR application on April 10, 1899, in the City and County of Albany, New York.

Theodore Roosevelt died on January 6, 1919, at Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, New York, and is buried in a nearby cemetery.

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