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CHRONOLOGY OF THE LIFE OF THEODORE
ROOSEVELT FROM 1858 TO 1906
1858. October 27. Theodore Roosevelt born in
New York City, son of Theodore Roose
velt and Martha (Bullock) Roosevelt. 1864. Sent to public school, and also received some
private instruction; spent summers at
Oyster Bay, New York. 1873. Became a member of the Dutch Reformed
Church; has been a member ever since. 1876. September. Entered Harvard College.
Member of numerous clubs and societies. 1878. February 9. Death of Theodore Roose
velt, Sr. 1880. June. Graduated from Harvard College;
a Phi Beta Kappa man.
the Alps; made a member of the Alpine
Club of London. 1881. Elected a member of the New York Assembly,
and served for three terms in succession. 1884. Birth of daughter, Alice Lee Roosevelt.
Death of Mrs. Alice (Lee) Roosevelt, Mr.
Roosevelt's first wife.
Death of Mrs. Martha (Bullock) Roosevelt,
Mr. Roosevelt's mother.
National Convention that nominated
James G. Blaine for President. 1885. Became a ranchman and hunter. 1886. Ran for office of mayor of New York City, and
defeated by Abram
of New York City.
September. Grand hunt in the Selkirk
Mountains. 1889. May. Appointed by President Harrison a
member of the Civil Service Commission; served for six years, four under President Harrison and two under President Cleve
land. 1890. Birth of son, Kermit Roosevelt. 1891. September. Grand hunt at Two-Ocean
Pass, Wyoming 1892. Birth of daughter, Ethel Carew Roosevelt. 1895. May 24. Appointed Police Commissioner
of New York City by Mayor William
Strong. Served until April, 1897.
Birth of son, Archibald Bullock Roosevelt. 1897. April. Made First Assistant Secretary of
the Navy, under Secretary Long and
Birth of son, Quentin Roosevelt. 1898. April 25. Congress declared war with
Spain. Roosevelt resigned his position
in the Navy Department. May Helped to organize the Rough Riders,
and was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel,
May 6. May 29. The Rough Riders left San Anto
nio, Texas, for Tampa, Florida. June 2. In camp at Tampa. June 7. Move by coal cars to Port Tampa;
four companies left behind; board trans
port Yucatan. June 13. Start for Cuba, without horses. June 22. Landing of the Rough Riders at
Daiquiri. June 23. March to Siboney. June 24. Advance to La Guasima (Las
Guasimas). First fight with the Spanish
troops. July 1. Battles of San Juan and El Caney.
Roosevelt leads the Rough Riders up San
Juan Hill. July 2. Fighting in the trenches by the
Rough Riders, Roosevelt in command. July 3. Sinking of the Spanish fleet off
Santiago Bay. July 8. Roosevelt made Colonel of the
Rough Riders. August 7. Departure of the Rough Riders
from Cuba. August 9. Spain accepts terms of peace
offered by the United States. August 16. Arrival of the Rough Riders
at Montauk, Long Island.
September 15. Mustering out of the Rough
can party for governor of New York. October. Grand campaigning tour through
the Empire State. November. Elected governor of New York
by seventeen thousand plurality. 1899. January 1. Assumed office as governor of
“The Strenuous Life," at Chicago. September 29 and 30. Governor appointed
these days as holidays in honor of a reception to Admiral Dewey; grand water
and land processions. 1900. June 19. Republican Convention met at
Philadelphia; Roosevelt seconded the
Roosevelt travelled 20,000 miles, deliver-
cities and towns. November 6. McKinley and Roosevelt car
ried 28 states, Democratic opponents carried 17 states; Republican electoral votes, 292, Democratic and scattering combined,
155. December. Presided over one short session
of the United States Senate. 1901. January 11. Started on a five weeks' hunt
ing tour in Northwest Colorado; bringing
down many cougars.
Pan-American Exposition buildings at
Motte, Vermont, that President McKinley had been shot; hurried at once to Buffalo; assured that the President would recover,
joined his family in the Adirondacks. September 14. Death of President McKinley.
Roosevelt returned to Buffalo; took the oath of office as President of the United States at the house of Ansley Wilcox;
retained the McKinley Cabinet. September 15 to 19. Funeral of President
McKinley, at Buffalo, Washington, and
of President Roosevelt at the White
fote canal treaty from the President. December 17. First break in the McKinley
Cabinet. Postmaster General Smith re
signed; was succeeded by H. C. Payne. 1902. January 3. Grand ball at the White House,
Miss Alice Roosevelt formally presented to Washington society.