Part of Theodore Roosevelt Memorial.
"Nothing could be more lonely and nothing could be 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
Marries: Roosevelt marries Alice Hathaway Lee on his 22nd birthday.
Elected To New York State Assembly: In the New York State Assembly, Roosevelt (standing, right) holds his first elective office.
Theodore Roosevelt IV: Roosevelt's first book, The Naval War of 1812, meets with critical acclaim.
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."
Baby Alice Goes To Anna Roosevelt: Roosevelt places his new baby, Alice Lee Roosevelt, in the care of his sister Anna.
Theodore Roosevelt IV: Sagamore Hill, Roosevelt's main home and future "summer White House" in Oyster Bay, New York, is completed in 1885.
President of Stockmen Association: Roosevelt leads the Little Missouri organization intended to enforce ranching rules and regulations.
Meets George Bird Grinnell: The Audubon Society founder and Forest and Stream editor becomes one of Roosevelt's many advisors.
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.
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.
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.
Appointed Civil Service Commissioner: In his first national political office, Roosevelt serves as one of three civil service commissioners.
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.
Assembles His Rough Riders: Roosevelt’s some 1,200 Rough Riders included Harvard classmates, college athletes, cowboys and Native Americans.
Governor of New York: Elected governor of New York State. He serves for two years.
Douglas Brinkley: A lifelong bird-lover, Roosevelt praises the work of AMNH ornithologist Frank Chapman.
Patricia O'Toole: President William McKinley, with Roosevelt as his running mate, wins a decisive victory; Roosevelt becomes vice president.