He was a hunter, rancher, explorer, soldier, naturalist, author, governor of New York State and he was inaugurated as President of the United States here in Buffalo in 1901. Teddy Roosevelt assumed the presidency on the death of William McKinley and was elected to another term in 1904.

He was the first president to ride an airplane, first to dive in a submarine.

During his presidency – he promoted construction of the Panama Canal and became the first president to travel outside the United States when he took the Battleship USS Louisiana to Panama.

He was the first to receive an African-American in the White House – inviting Booker T. Washington to dinner.

He was the first to have a telephone in his home.

He was the first American to win a Nobel prize.

He was a commander of the famous Rough Riders during the Spanish American War and during his inaugural parade in January of 1905, veterans of the Rough Riders charged along the parade route at full charge.

He founded 51 federal bird sanctuaries and the first 18 national natural monuments including the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Muir Woods and Devil’s Tower.

He had a photographic memory. Word for word he could recite pages from a newspaper he had just read as if he were reading from it. He was also a speed reader and could read two to three books a day.

He was the first president to go for a joyride in a car and it happened in Hartford, Connecticut on this date in 1902.