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    FIRSTHAND

    OBSERVER

    “Nothing could be more lonely and nothing more beautiful than the view at nightfall across the prairies to [the Badlands’] huge hill masses, when the lengthening shadows had at last merged into one and the faint after-glow of the red sunset filled the west.”
    –Theodore Roosevelt

  • 1880-Alice Hathaway Lee

    MARRIES

    Roosevelt marries Alice Hathaway Lee on his 22nd birthday

    1880

    OCTOBER 27

  • 1881- NY State Assembly

    ELECTED TO NEW YORK ASSEMBLY

    In the New York State Assembly, Roosevelt (standing, right) holds his first elective office

    1881

    NOVEMBER 8

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    THEODORE ROOSEVELT IV

    Roosevelt’s first book, The Naval War of 1812, meets with critical acclaim 

    1882

  • 1883

    SEPTEMBER

  • 1884-tragedy strikes journal entry

    TRAGEDY STRIKES

    Two days after the birth of his first child, Roosevelt’s wife and mother die of unrelated illnesses on the same day, in the same house. In his journal he writes, “The light has gone out of my life”

    1884

    FEBRUARY 14

  • 1884- Baby Alice with Bamie

    BABY ALICE GOES TO ANNA ROOSEVELT

    Roosevelt places his new baby, Alice Lee Roosevelt, in the care of his sister Anna

    1884

    FEBRUARY 17

  • 1884

    JUNE

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    THEODORE ROOSEVELT IV

    Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt’s main home and future “summer White House” in Oyster Bay, New York, is completed in 1885

    1885

  • PRESIDENT OF STOCKMEN ASSOCIATION

    Roosevelt leads the Little Missouri organization intended to enforce ranching rules and regulations

    1885

    MARCH

  • 1885

  • 1885-George Bird Grinnell

    MEETS GEORGE BIRD GRINNELL

    The Audubon Society founder and Forest and Stream editor becomes one of Roosevelt’s many advisors

    1885

  • LOSES NEW YORK MAYORAL RACE

    After moving back east to campaign for New York City mayor, loses to Abram Hewitt. “I had a bully time,” he says

    1886

    NOVEMBER 2

  • 1886

    DECEMBER 2

  • 1886-Maltese during winter

    DEVASTATING CATTLE LOSS

    While the Roosevelts honeymoon in Europe, a severe winter in the Dakotas kills most of his cattle and ends his ranching career

    1886

    WINTER

  • 1887

  • 1887-Boone and Crockett logo

    COFOUNDS BOONE AND CROCKETT CLUB

    The organization of hunter-conservationists emphasizes protection of bison populations in Yellowstone National Park

    1887

  • 1889- Winning of the West

    PUBLISHES THE WINNING OF THE WEST

    Completed in 1896, this influential four-volume work describes cowboy life, stark landscapes and the closing of the Western frontier

    1889

  • 1889

    MARCH

  • 1889- TR as civil service commissioner

    APPOINTED CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSIONER

    In his first national political office, Roosevelt serves as one of three civil service commissioners

    1889

    MAY 7

  • 1895- TR as police commissioner

    PRESIDENT OF NYC POLICE COMMISSIONERS

    Roosevelt (third from right) is elected president of the New York City Board of Police Commissioners and serves for two years

    1895

    MAY 6

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    ASSEMBLES HIS ROUGH RIDERS

    Gathers friends from New York, Harvard and the Badlands for his volunteer cavalry regiment

    1898

    SPRING

  • 1898

    MAY-SEPTEMBER

  • 1898- TR as governor

    GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK

    Elected governor of New York State. He serves for two years

    1898

    NOVEMBER 8

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    DOUGLAS BRINKLEY

    A lifelong bird-lover, Roosevelt praises the work of AMNH ornithologist Frank Chapman

    1899

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    PATRICIA O’TOOLE

    President William McKinley, with Roosevelt as his running mate, wins a decisive victory; Roosevelt becomes vice president

    1900

    NOVEMBER 6

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FIRST DAUGHTER, ALICE, BORN LIVES IN THE DAKOTAS FIRST SON, THEODORE JR., BORN SECOND SON, KERMIT, BORN ETHEL BORN ARCHIBALD BORN FOURTH SON, QUENTIN, BORN
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