Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) was born on October 27, 1858 and lived until January 6, 1919. He was the 26th president of the United States and his term stretched from 1901 up until 1909. Roosevelt was well known for his exuberant personality, array of interests and achievements as well, robust masculinity and also his cowboy persona. He was also the leader of the Progressive Movement at the time.
Prior to his ascent to the presidency, Roosevelt held several jobs at the city, state and federal levels, and was famed in every office he held. His life was also marked by his other interests such as hunting, exploring, naturalist, author and soldier. He became the youngest president ever at the age of 42 when he was sworn in for his first term, beating out the youngest elected-John F. Kennedy-by a single year. He was also the first of only three sitting presidents to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Such an achiever Roosevelt. What else wasn’t known about him until some few years later was that his left eye was blind. Guess how this came to be? During his time as governor of New York, he used to spar with boxing partners several times a week, a tradition he continued even as president until one day he got a blow that detached his left retina, leaving him blind. He wasn’t one to mess with. He also practised judo, among other pastimes such as rowing, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, polo and skinny-dipping in the Potomac River during winter!