For a guy who inspired the cuddliest stuffed animal of all time, Teddy Roosevelt wasn't exactly soft. In fact, he spent most of his life and presidency being an unstoppable badass. Even though he was born a sickly child into a wealthy New York City family, he adopted a life of "strenuous endeavor," which included ranching in the Dakota Badlands, big game hunting in Africa, scaling the Matterhorn, and even skinny-dipping in the Potomac River. As lieutenant colonel of the Rough Rider Regiment during the Spanish-American war, he became a hero after leading a charge at the battle of San Juan. In 1901, Roosevelt unexpectedly became commander in chief when President William McKinley was assassinated. (To this day, Roosevelt remains the youngest president to serve, at age 42.)
As president, he was known as a "trust buster" and a conservationist and a total badass who even boxed in the White House until a punch left him nearly blind in his left eye. And if that wasn't enough, while running for reelection in 1912, he was shot in the chest - yet continued on with his scheduled 90-minute speech. With those facts in mind, please enjoy these photos and pictures of professional badass Teddy Roosevelt.