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Summary of the eRumor: An eRumor sometimes labeled "Who am I?" or
"Quiz" asking what GOP VP nomination was less than 45 of age, governed a
state less than two years, had many children, loved the outdoor, hunted,
was a Republican reformer and had taken on the Republican party
establishment. The answer is Teddy Roosevelt in 1900.
Theodore Roosevelt at the age of 42 was
sworn into office as the 26th President of the United States after the
William McKinley. To
this day, Roosevelt is the youngest man to ever hold the office of
President, and it wasn't until nearly six decades later that John F.
Kennedy became the youngest man to win a Presidential election.
According to the
Theodore Roosevelt Association, prior to being a US Vice
President Roosevelt was a New York State Assemblyman, Governor of New
York, deputy sheriff in the Dakota Territory, Police Commissioner of New
York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the
Navy, and Colonel of the Rough Riders. He was married to Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt and had 6 children, Theodore Jr. (actually III),
Kermit, Ethel, Alice, Archie and Quentin.
Roosevelt lived in the Whitehouse from 1901 to 1909 serving two terms as
a Republican President. He had many accomplishments while in office but
is best know for his
stewardship of the land and as a conservationist he provided federal
protection for close to 230 million acres. He became the first US
President to win a Nobel Prize, introduced his "big stick" policy to
build up the Navy making the United States a super power and reduced the
National debt by over $90,000,000.
In 1912 he decided to
run for a third run for office against President William Howard Taft
(GOP) and Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson. Roosevelt ran under the
progressive "Bull Moose Party" with one of his platform planks being the
woman's right to vote. There was an assassination attempt on his life
and Roosevelt was shot while on the campaign trail. Two weeks
later he gave a speech at Madison Square Gardens and held up this bloody
shirt with two bullet holes in his shirt to the audience stating, "It takes more
than that to kill a Bull Moose!" Wilson defeated
Roosevelt by 347 electoral votes.
After his defeat, Roosevelt sank into a brief depression, according "The
River of Doubt", a biography written by Cadice Miller. He
eventually pulled himself
together and organized an expedition into the territory surrounding an uncharted
river called Rio da Duvida or River of Doubt in South America.
This was done at the request of the Brazilian government and
American Museum of Natural History
and the expedition forever changed the map of the
Western Hemisphere. The 1,000-mile-long Amazon tributary Rio da
Duvida was later renamed to Rio Teodoro in Roosevelt's honor. This
expedition on foot over land and on the water in dugout canoes saw lots
of adventure but proved to be Roosevelt's greatest physical challenge
which he almost did not survive.
Theodore Roosevelt died in 1919 at the
age of 60.
for The Theodore Roosevelt Association web site.
Click for the 1935 Time Magazine article on the River of Doubt
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Who Am I?
I am under 45 years old.
I love the outdoors,
I am a Republican reformer,
I have taken on the Republican Party establishment,
I have many children,
I have a spot on the national ticket as vice president with less than
two years in the governor's office.
What's my name?
Think again ..
I am Teddy Roosevelt in 1900 .
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