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1881 wedding trip to Europe with first wife Alice (Hathaway) Lee
Roosevelt, TR climbed the Matterhorn. He considered the climb
acceptably strenuous, and was pleased with himself for making
the trek. As was the custom of the day, this photo was taken in
the studio to commemorate the trip, not actually on the mountain.
the mix of grief and joy over the death of his mother Mittie and
his wife Alice on the same day in the same house combined with
the birth of his first child, daughter Alice, two days before,
TR retreated to life in the western Badlands of Medora, North
the Badlands of Medora, North Dakota, he would heal and learn lessons
that would shape not only his future, but the future of the nation.
Working shoulder to shoulder with all kinds of men in the west he
said, "took the snob" out of him. Working the ranch brought
about a profound love of the open land, unique geography and animal
species that were fast disappearing with increased settlement and
years later we find TR in Washington married to his long time friend
Edith. Quentin was not born yet so there were 5 children under the
roof. By this time in 1895 at the age of 36 TR had already had more
careers than many men. He had been a Legislator in New York State,
a rancher, and the author of several books and was now Civil Service
1895 to 1897 TR and family would be back in New York City, where
TR became President of the NYC Board of Police Commissioners. Although
he sits at a desk here, TR was famous for prowling the streets at
all hours learning more about the police as well as the worst corners
of the city. He greatly reduced corruption, increased the use of
technologies and created one of the first academies for police training.
keeping watch of NYC crime, TR also kept his eyes on the world.
After two years he was back in Washington, this time as Assistant
Secretary of the Navy.