Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS in Manhattan, opened to the
public in 1923, memorializes the early childhood home of the
only President born in New York City.
Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, lived at
this site from his birth on October 27, 1858 until he was 14
years old. The reconstructed house, built as a memorial after
his death in 1919, contains five period rooms, two museum galleries
and a small bookstore.
Birthplace National Historic Site, Manhattan, NYC at 28 East
20th Street, between Broadway and Park Avenue South, a block
west of Gramercy Park;
subway stops at 23rd Street
started his political career as a New York State Assemblyman
from 1882-1884. From 1889 to 1895 he was a member of the United
States Civil Service Commission. After two years as President
of the New York Board of Police he was appointed Assistant Secretary
of the Navy from 1897-1898.
his term as Assistant Secretary of the Navy he led his Rough
Riders up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish American
War. This courageous charge earned him great acclaim and he
was elected Governor of New York in 1898 and served until 1901,
when he became Vice President to William McKinley.
Roosevelt's support for several progressive business and labor
reforms created a difficult political climate for the Republicans.
In an effort to diminish party dissention, Thomas Platt, Republican
Party boss, engineered Roosevelt’s nomination as Republican
candidate for vice-president, a position which held prestige,
but little power. Theodore Roosevelt became president when President
William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901.
Authorized - July 25, 1962