Roosevelt and Remington: The Cowboy and the Sculptor

Presidential History Blog

Theodore Roosevelt was an unlikely cowboy. Frederic Remington was an unlikely sculptor of the West.

Roosevelt the Cowboy

Teenaged TR Theodore Roosevelt was a sickly child who built his body by sheer will and exercise.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)was a wealthy New Yorker by birth and upbringing. A nearsighted and asthmatic child, he overcame much of his frailty by sheer will and family encouragement. His physical weaknesses helped channel his interest in natural science however, since it could be enjoyed via his collections of plants and rocks and small critters. By the time he was twelve, he was a bona fide taxidermist with a great love of the outdoors.

Theodore had many varying interests, and his Harvard education led him into politics (Republican) and the writing of history.

When his first wife died in childbirth at only twenty-three, a distraught Theodore went to the Dakotas to heal his grief and sow the seeds…

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