But before he got to be president, Mr. Roosevelt did a whole bunch of other stuff. He grew up in New York City, but he was sick a lot as a child because he had asthma. He liked to read books about nature and animals, and he started doing stuff like boxing to make himself stronger. Then he went to Harvard, and after that he was in the state legislature. He wrote a book about the Navy, lived in the Badlands for a few years, fought in the Spanish-American War, and then was governor of New York.
|Kermit with Blackjack|
|Quentin with Eli Yale|
So as you can see, the Roosevelt family liked to give their animals interesting names! President Roosevelt's favorite dog was Skip, the rat terrier. He found Skip while he was hunting bears in the Grand Canyon and brought him home. Skip was very affectionate and liked to sit on the president's lap. Sometimes President Roosevelt took Skip hunting, and if Skip couldn't keep up with the hunters, he got to ride on the president's horse with him. The children liked to play with Skip, and Archie especially liked to run races with him in the halls of the White House.
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President Roosevelt was reelected in 1904, but he didn't want to run again in 1908. After he stopped being president, he went on a safari in Africa, where he killed some elephants and rhinos and other animals, which I think was not very nice of him. In 1912, he decided he would run for president again after all, and he started the Bull Moose Party. But he lost the election to Woodrow Wilson. Then he went on a trip to South America, where he got malaria, and after that his health was always kind of bad, so he died in 1919 when he was only 60.
Anyway, even though he was always going hunting and shooting animals, President Roosevelt did a lot of good stuff, like for example making the first National Parks. Also he helped end the war between the Russians and Japanese, so he won a Nobel Peace Prize. He was the first American to ever win this prize.