Teddy Roosevelt
26th President of the United States
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt
1901 - 1909

Vice President:  none
                           Charles Warren Fairbanks (1905-09)
Born: October 27, 1858, in New York, New York
Died: January 6, 1919, in Oyster Bay, New York
Career/Occupation: General
Religion: Dutch Reformed
Education: Author, Lawyer, and Public Official
Political Party: Republican
Nickname(s): "TR"; "Trust-Buster"; "Teddy"

Other Government Positions:

  • Member of New York State Assembly, 1882-84 
  • Member of Civil Service Commission, 1889-95 
  • Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1895-97 
  • Governor of New York, 1898-1900 
  • Vice President, 1901 (under McKinley)

Presidential Salary: $50,000

Presidential Firsts:

  • The first president born in New York City.

  • The first president who ascended to the presidency upon the death of a predecessor, who later was elected to the presidency in his own right.
    He was elected vice president in 1900, ascended to the presidency in 1901, and was elected in his own right in 1904).

  • The first president (and first American) to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
    Roosevelt won the award in 1906, due to his successful mediation to end the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905).

  • The first president elected in the 20th century.

  • The first president to ride in an airplane.

  • The first president to ride in a submarine.

  • The first president to travel outside the contiguous United States and to visit a foreign country while in office.
    HE traveled to the Panama Canal Zone in 1906, where he inspected the construction of the Panama Canal and visited Panama.

  • The first president to have his offices in the West Wing.

  • The first president to earn the Medal of Honor.
    Roosevelt won the award for his service in the Spanish–American War, and in particular his role in the Battle of San Juan Hill. The Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously in 2001, by President Bill Clinton.

  • The first president to receive the "Freedom of the City of the City of London".

  • The first president to have had a secretary of Commerce and labor.

  • The first president to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

  • The first president to declare a United States National Monument: Devils Tower, Wyoming, 1906.

  • The first president to issue over 1000 executive orders.

  • The first president (he was a former president at the time) to call for global governance.

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