He had a comfortable childhood, owing to his family’s affluence and he was home schooled because of his health complications. Much of his childhood was spent in reading and in the exploration of natural history (Thayer 22). At the age of 18, he joined Harvard for four years, and excelled both at academics and in sports, following which he studied in Germany for a year and ultimately entered politics in his hometown by joining the Republican Party in 1880 (“Theodore Roosevelt – Biography”; “Timeline”).
Upon being elected into the Assembly of New York State in 1881, Roosevelt held office for 3 years during which he introduced many reforms (Pringle 70). He became the youngest man ever to be elected into the Assembly (“Timeline”). His first book, The Naval War of 1812, was published during his stint at the Assembly. During his tenure, he also joined the National Guard and was the Chairman of the Committee on Cities, during which his efforts led to major modifications in the Charter of New York City (“Timeline”). In 1884, Roosevelt suffered great personal loss with the demise of his mother and wife on the same day, after which abandoned his political endeavors for a while (“Theodore Roosevelt”; “Theodore Roosevelt – Biography”). Recuperating from this double tragedy, he stayed on his cattle ranch in the Dakota Badlands, spending his time as a ranchman and hunter. Apparently, he “hiked away to the wilderness” so that he could “get away from the world” (Pringle 92). His book, Hunting Trips of a Ranchman, was published during his days at the ranch. In 1886, he married Edith Carow and re-entered politics (“Theodore Roosevelt”). In 1887, his third book, Life of Thomas Hart Benton, was published, followed by the publication of four other books, Life of Gouverneur Morris, Ranch Life and the Hunting Trail, and Essays in Practical Politics in 1888 and 2 volumes of The Winning of the West in 1889