Theodore Roosevelt, Junior Is Born

"Teddy," as he was, in childhood, universally known, was the son of President Theodore Roosevelt.

He was born at the family estate in Oyster Bay Cove, New York, when his father was just starting his political career. His siblings were brothers Archibald (nicknamed "Archie"), Quentin, and Kermit; sister Ethel; and half-sister Alice.

Like all the Roosevelt children, Ted was tremendously influenced by his father. In later life, Ted would record some of these childhood recollections in a series of newspaper articles written around the time of World War I. One day when he was about nine, TR gave young Ted a rifle. Ted was so excited and wanted to see if it worked, so after promising not to tell mother, he fired a small shot into the roof. They never got caught for that.

When Ted was a child, his father initially expected more of him than of his siblings – an added burden that almost caused him to suffer a nervous breakdown.

In one article, Ted recalled his first time in Washington when the elder Theodore was Civil Service Commissioner, " … when father was civil service commissioner I often walked to the office with him. On the way down he would talk history to me—not the dry history of dates and charters, but the history where you yourself in your imagination could assume the role of the principal actors, as every well-constructed boy wishes to do when interested. During every battle we would stop and father would draw out the full plan in the dust in the gutter with the tip of his umbrella. Long before the European war had broken over the world father would discuss with us military training and the necessity for every man being able to take his part."