“Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping; for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.” VP Thomas Marshall

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Today in History, January 6:  1919 – Former President Theodore Roosevelt dies in his sleep at his beloved home Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York at the age of 60.  Roosevelt advocated a “strenuous life” and he lived what he preached.  He overcame constant illness as a child to become an athlete, a cowboy, a New York City Police Commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Colonel of the “Rough Riders” in the Spanish-American War, Governor of New York, Vice-President, President, Explorer, Hunter, and many more adventures.  Many found him eccentric or worse (Mark Hanna said “Now look, that damned cowboy is President!”) but the entire world mourned his loss after all of his accomplishments.

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