15. Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore Roosevelt was the twenty-sixth
president of the United States. He was president from 1901 to 1909. He was a
very intelligent man. He was also very energetic. He was a boxer, a soldier, a
rancher, and an explorer.
This energetic man was not strong when
he was a boy. He had problem with his breathing. He had asthma. His father
wanted him to be strong. Roosevelt learned to box and did many other sports.
Soon Roosevelt became strong and energetic.
After he became president, Roosevelt
kept his body strong. He even boxed in the White House. One day, another boxer
hit him in the eye. After that accident, Roosevelt became blind in one eye.
Theodore Roosevelt's nickname was
"Teddy." Everybody called him Teddy. When he was president, he often
went hunting. One day he went hunting with some friends and saw a small bear.
He did not shoot the bear. He said the bear was too small and must go free. The
next day the story of the little bear was in the newspapers. The newspapers
named the little bear "Teddy" after the president. Soon people called
toy bears for children "teddy bears.
When he left the White House, Teddy
Roosevelt went to hunt in Africa. He then went to South America to explore
places that nobody knew about. Everybody loved his energy.