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    YOUNG

    NATURALIST

    “It is an incalculable added pleasure...to know, even slightly and imperfectly, how to read and enjoy the wonder-book of nature.”

    –Theodore Roosevelt

  • BORN

    at 28 E. 20th St, New York City

    1858

    OCTOBER 27

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    PATRICIA O’TOOLE

    Roosevelt struggles with asthma throughout childhood; turns to fresh, outdoor air for relief

    1862

    JUNE 

  • 1867

  • 1869-Origin of Species

    READS DARWIN’S ORIGIN

    On the Origin of Species (1859) revolutionized scientific thinking and inspires Roosevelt to continue his natural history study

    1869

  • 1869

    APRIL 6

  • 1871-Bell

    LEARNS TAXIDERMY 

    To preserve the birds he collects, Roosevelt learns taxidermy from John Bell (above), a famous taxidermist and colleague of wildlife artist John James Audubon

    1871

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    DOUGLAS BRINKLEY

    Roosevelt’s first glasses changed his life: “I had no idea how beautiful the world was until I got those spectacles”

    1871

  • 1872

    MARCH

  • 1872- Family on the Nile

    TRAVELS TO EGYPT

    Roosevelt (here on Nile River, seated on floor, second from right) keeps a detailed natural history journal. He writes that a grass warbler “is very active, and sings sweetly.” 

    1872

    OCTOBER

  • 1876

    FALL

  • 1877- Summer birds

    PUBLISHES SUMMER BIRDS OF THE ADIRONDACKS

    The booklet gains him the attention of noted naturalist C. Hart Merriam and a listing in the 1877 Naturalists Directory

    1877

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    EDMUND MORRIS

    Roosevelt, with sights set on becoming a politician, graduates from Harvard with honors

    1880

    JUNE

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    1880

TRAVELS ABROAD TRAVELS ABROAD ATTENDS HARVARD
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE CREATED FIRST NATIONAL PARK ESTABLISHED
ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES PUBLISHED U.S CIVIL WAR TELEPHONE INVENTED
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