5 Unbelievable Times Teddy Roosevelt Cheated Death

Theodore Roosevelt spent his whole life cheating death. Death came to Roosevelt 97 years ago today — but judging by his wild ventures, it should have come a lot sooner.

Teddy Roosevelt Elephant Hunt

Roosevelt on an elephant hunt. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Teddy Roosevelt was the Extraordinary Gentleman of American history. In addition to living an absurdly accomplished life – which included, among other things, becoming the youngest man to become president, the first American to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and being awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor – he set the template for the all-conquering hero whose answer to most problems is to roll up his sleeves and punch the world into submission. While this sounds cool in theory, the world usually punches back – much harder.

So it was that Theodore spent virtually his entire life in a staring contest with death. Over and over, Roosevelt strolled right into situations that likely would have killed anybody else, only to emerge stronger and more determined…

Richard Stockton
Richard Stockton is a freelance science and technology writer from Sacramento, California.
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