Updated: We Are Not Alone

With a war in the Caribbean, he resigns to form a new regiment, which wins a spectacular victory over brutality there.

Next, as Governor of New York, he again wins friends and enemies, cleaning out corruption. One powerful enemy decides to “retire” him by nominating him for Vice President, a post he soon occupies.

When his President is assassinated, he finds himself holding the most powerful position in the land. Using this power, he fights corruption in labor and production of food and drugs, begins conserving national resources, and works to bring peace. During his presidency, he wins (read: actually earns) the Nobel Peace Prize, the Wright brothers make their famous flight, and the Panama Canal begins construction.

Keeping a campaign promise, he refrains from another presidential term. Returning to his first love—the vigorous life his dad always championed—he leads scientific and mapping expeditions in Africa and South America until old age stops him.

Home educated with Dad as primary teacher, forging health from frailty, rising to the U.S. Presidency and a Nobel Prize, who is your famous son?

 Answer: Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, winner of the 1906 Nobel Prize for Peace, Lieutenant Colonel of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry (the “Rough Riders”) and hero of San Juan Hill, author of The Naval War of 1812 and many other books and magazine articles, and home scholar.

Another question: How did Theodore Roosevelt obtain his nickname, Teddy, and how did he feel about it?

Answer: His older sister gave him the nickname when she was too young to pronounce his name correctly. He absolutely disliked it, but quietly endured it through most of his life.

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