Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (1858 – 1919) was an American statesman, author, explorer, soldier, naturalist, and reformer who served as the 26th President of the United States. He appears for the first time on Murdoch Mysteries in Season 8, played by Martin Moreau.
President Theodore Roosevelt returns in Season 11.
With the assassination of President William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, not quite 43, became the 26th and youngest President in the nation's history (1901-1909). He brought new excitement and power to the office, vigorously leading congress and the American public toward progressive reforms and a strong foreign policy.
Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for mediating the Russo-Japanese War, reached a Gentleman's Agreement on immigration with Japan, and sent the Great White Fleet on a goodwill tour of the world.
Some of Theodore Roosevelt's most effective achievements were in conservation. He added enormously to the national forests in the West, reserved lands for public use, and fostered great irrigation projects.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt was born in New York City in 1858 into a wealthy family, but he too struggled--against ill health--and in his triumph became an advocate of the strenuous life. Upon graduating from Harvard College in 1880, Roosevelt married Alice Hathaway Lee. He was elected to the New York State Assembly at the age of 23, and served two terms (1882-84). Both his wife and mother died on the same day in 1884, and the grieving Roosevelt spent the next two years on a ranch he owned in the Badlands of the Dakota Territory, where he hunted big game, drove cattle and worked as a frontier sheriff. Upon returning to New York, he married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Kermit Carow. The couple raised six children, including Roosevelt’s daughter from his first marriage, Alice.
In 1897 William McKinley named him as assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy. Upon the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Roosevelt left his post as naval secretary to become colonel of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry, known as the “Rough Riders.” Once in Cuba, Roosevelt led the Rough Riders in a brave, costly uphill charge in the Battle of San Juan; he returned home as one of the war’s most visible heroes.