Theodore Roosevelt was born on October 27, 1858, in New York to Martha Bulloch Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt Sr., he was their second child and first son. He was named after his father, Theodore Sr., and was sometimes called ?Thee? or ?Teddy? as a nickname. He was a seventh generation Roosevelt. As a child and throughout his lifetime, Theodore suffered from severe asthma, becoming so bad that it would nearly suffocate him at times. His father, who refused to have a sickly child, would constantly carry him around, hoping that Theodore?s lungs would become stronger. Because of this, Theodore always admired his father that would protect him. He would follow the strenuous exercise regiments that his father set on him to become stronger. He would do weightlifting, gymnastics, and any other activity that would give him endurance. Slowly, his asthma decreased to lesser degrees.
Theodore hardly ever went to school because of his sickly nature, so he was instructed by his Aunt Annie, that lived with the family. He spent much time reading, and this is where he became obsessed with natural history, a passion that stayed with him throughout his lifetime. He would even kill animals and stuff them
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