Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was more than the man behind the Panama Canal and the inspiration for the teddy bear. He was a cowboy. A soldier. An explorer. A badass.
When Teddy Roosevelt, or T.R. as he was commonly known, was a child, he had health issues. He overcame these by living what he called a "strenuous life." That's putting it lightly.
These Teddy Roosevelt facts - from stories of T.R. exploring unchartered rivers to leading military battles - reveal T.R. lived far more than a strenuous life. He lived one of the most insanely cool, badass lives in American history. Here are some cool things Teddy Roosevelt did.
He Was a Sickly Child, but Overcame His Illnesses Through Sheer Force of WillPhoto: Public Domain tgthtyryyyt
He Dealt with Tragedy by Going West and Becoming a CowboyPhoto: Internet Archive Book Images / Wikimedia Commons
He Captured Three Outlaws as a Deputy Sheriff
He took on Vice, Political Machines, and Corrupt Cops as New York Police Commissioner
He Became a War Hero at the Battle of San Juan HillPhoto: Photographer: William Dinwiddie / Library of Congress
He Climbed the Matterhorn While on His HoneymoonPhoto: Wikimedia Commons