Boyhood and Youth
by Theodore Roosevelt from Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography
Chapter 1 passage: Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was the 26th President of the United States. Part of a wealthy and political New York family, Roosevelt is best known for his courage in the Spanish-American War, his devotion to nature, and his establishment of the National Park Service. In this passage from his autobiography written in 1913, he tells of the beginning of his interest in natural history. Students will read the passage and use context clues to understand the meaning of some of the words and phrases.