Teddy Roosevelt statue being unveiled at inauguration site

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Born Oct. 27: Theodore Roosevelt.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A new statue of Theodore Roosevelt is being unveiled at the western New York site where he was sworn in as the nation’s 26th president. On the 157th birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt, we ask the important question: can you tell Teddy and his famous cousin, Franklin, apart from their famous quotes? As a boy, the second of four children, he watched as a cortege bearing the body of Abraham Lincoln, the assassinated president, rolled past his Manhattan home.

He was serving as vice president when President William McKinley was shot and killed in 1901 while attending the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, N.Y. Although frail and suffering from asthmatic attacks as boy, by the time he entered Harvard in 1876, he was an accomplished athlete and outstanding boxer. Born in New York City on Oct. 27, 1858, Roosevelt, at 42 years old, became the youngest president in the nation’s history, a fact that remains true to this day.

He established himself as the leader of a group of young independent-minded Republican legislators, known as the “Roosevelt Republicans,” who sought to clean up the state’s politics by opposing the power of both the Republican Albany machine and New York City’s Tammany Hall Democrats. He was elected to the New York State Assembly, but he chose not to run for re-election after his wife, Alice, died after giving birth to their daughter. President McKinley appointed him as assistant secretary of the Navy in 1898, a position from which he resigned the following year to serve in the Spanish-American War, where he led the Rough Riders cavalry unit.

The war hero became governor of New York in 1898, McKinley’s running mate in the election of 1900, and president following McKinley’s assassination. The Roosevelt presidency is known for his “Square Deal” policy, which aimed to conserve national resources, control corporations and protect consumers. While campaigning he was shot once in the chest, but was not seriously wounded because the bullet passed through his eyeglasses case and pages of a manuscript in his pocket.

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