Roosevelt, Theodore

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(October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919).

Theodore Roosevelt was an explorer, adventurer, soldier and statesman. He is best remembered as the 26th President of the United States of America.

During his early life, Roosevelt dabbled in politics but gained fame as a military man, especially during the United States’ war with Spain in 1898. He became Vice President of the United States in 1901, becoming President later that same year after William McKinley was assassinated. He was re-elected in 1904. Following his years in office, Roosevelt widely toured both Europe and Africa. An avid outdoorsman and hunter, such travels usually included camping excursions and safaris.

To conservationists, Roosevelt became an icon as an early advocate for the preservation of wild places. He is widely credited for helping to establish many national parks, including Yosemite and Crater Lake in south central Oregon.

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