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The 13 Most Hardcore Facts About Teddy Roosevelt

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.