Theodore Roosevelt

Early Career

What did he do after the death of his first wife and his mother in 1884?

Theodore Jr. left his child Alice with his older sister Anna and traveled out west. He moved to the Badlands in the Dakota Territory, where he became a rancher at Elk Horn. During his two years out west, he learned the ways of the cowboys, but still found time for reading and writing. He wrote a book on Thomas Hart Benton, a famous U.S senator from Missouri, and another book entitled Hunting Trips of a Ranchman.

Roosevelt and his second wife, Edith, pose with grandson Richard Derby, son of the Roosevelts’ daughter Ethel.


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