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Interesting Facts About Theodore Roosevelt

  • In 1906, Roosevelt was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his role of negotiator in the Russo-Japanese War. He was the first American to win the Nobel Prize.
  • Roosevelt was blind in his left eye, the result of a boxing injury he sustained while in office.
  • His mother and his first wife died on the same day.

  • Roosevelt was a New York City police commission.

  • As a child, Roosevelt witnessed the Abraham Lincoln funeral procession.

  • He was also the father of the modern U.S. Navy.

    At 42 years, 10 months, and 18 days old, Roosevelt was the youngest man to serve as president, which occurred when William McKinley was assassinated. He was also the first vice president to succeed a slain president, and then later win an election.

  • He helped ensure the final construction of the Panama Canal by taking over the suspended project from France in 1904. It was completed 10 years later, and opened on Aug. 15, 1914, five years after Roosevelt left office.

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