Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He was born in 1858 in New York. When he was young, he was diagnosed with debilitating asthma, and his father encouraged him to overcoming it by rigorous exercise. Roosevelt acted on this, finding a boxing coach who helped strengthen him, and he kept an exercise routine for all of his life.
At age 7, Roosevelt found a dead seal in a marketplace, and after acquiring the seal’s head, he and his cousins formed the Roosevelt Museum of Natural History. He fell in love with zoology, and studied further into taxidermy. Continue reading
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He was born in 1809 in Kentucky, however he didn’t stay there for his childhood, unlike most others. His father lost in a legal dispute, making him lose most of his land, and forced the Lincoln’s to move to Indiana.
He spent majority of his childhood on a frontier in the non-slave area of Indiana, and moved to Illinois in 1830. He moved out of his father’s house when he was 21, and participated in many wrestling matches, and made himself known for his brawn. He also later became a partner in a small general store. Continue reading
Henry Ford was a mechanic and a machinist who was born on July 30, 1863 in Michigan. Henry had 4 siblings and lived on a farm, to which his father expected to take over when he was older. As a child, Henry had a hobby of playing and tinkering around with machines. When his mother died, he went against his father’s expectations and moved to Detroit in 1869. Continue reading
As America slowly got increasingly powerful and more technically advanced, immigration to it started increasing in mass numbers. The US was on shaky footing after the Civil War, and it became a challenge to get back where it was originally standing. However, thanks to the Industrial Age in America, this challenge was easier than breathing air.
The Industrial Age also was very profitable, and the richer America got, the more immigrants it attracted. There are a slew of reasons for their immigration, but most of them came to America in search of a better life.
New York was one of the places immigrants would come in. New York has a harbor, which separated a lot of the land and made many islands. Ellis Island is one of them, and later was purchased by the federal government to become an immigration station.
The immigration station on Ellis Island was successful for 5 years, before all the buildings for it burned down, leaving many of the old immigration records nothing but ash. The government ordered a new building to be built, and ordered it to be fireproof.
This new immigration station was successful as well, documenting over 1.25 million immigrants in 1907.
Andrew Jackson was the 16th president of the United States, and was the first president to be impeached.
He was born in North Carolina in 1808, and was in poverty. Not much is known about his childhood, aside from the fact that at 18, he married a 16 year old woman who tutored him on writing and reading skills. He worked as a tailor and mayor in Tennessee before his election in the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835. Continue reading
The Civil War was a war that took place between 1861 to 1865. It first broke out as a debate if black people should further remain slaves. Those who supported slavery being completely abolished were called the Union, while those who opposed it were called the Confederate.
The war started with the debate becoming a hotter topic, and eventually the southern states, those who opposed slavery abolishment, declared secession from the north, becoming the Confederate States of America. Continue reading
Robert Edward Lee was one of the more well known generals during the Civil War. On the side of the Confederacy, he was a well revered general, winning against battles with many Union generals, and known for being calculated and sharp-witted.
He was born on January 19, 1807, though there is dispute over the exact year of his birth. His mother was Anne Hill Carter Lee, an eventual widow, and his father was Henry Lee III, a Revolutionary War officer and the ninth Governor of Virginia.
Lee attended United States Military Academy for the 4 years, and graduated only second to his class, behind a man named Charles Mason. After graduation, he returned to Virginia, only to find his mother on her deathbed. She died on July 26, 1829.