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Theodore Roosevelt Jr. (Southern Victory)

Theodore Roosevelt III
Timeline: Southern Victory

Theodore Roosevelt III
Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt III

31st President of the United States
January 5th, 1933 – March 4th, 1933

Predecessor Calvin Coolidge
Successor Al Smith
Vice-President None

Secretary of War
March 4th, 1925 – August 19, 1928

Predecessor Al Smith
Born September 13, 1887
Cove Neck, New York, United States of America
Died March 30, 1945 (aged 57)
Normandy France
Political Party Republican
Religion Dutch Reformed Church
Profession Soldier; Politician

Theodore "Ted" Roosevelt III, colloquially known as Theodore or Teddy Roosevelt Jr. was the 31st President of the United States, 31st Vice President of the United States, Secretary of War and an American Soldier. He was the son of the 24th President Theodore Roosevelt.

Early Life


Political Career

After service in World War I, Roosevelt began his political career. Grinning like his father, waving a crumpled hat, and like his father, shouting "bully", he participated in every national campaign that he could, except when he was Governor-General of the Philippines. Elected as a member of the New York State Assembly (Nassau County, 2nd D.) in 1920 and 1921, Roosevelt was one of the few legislators who opposed the expulsion of five Socialist assemblymen in 1920. Anxiety about Socialists was high at the time.

Secretary of War

After the election of 1924 saw General Leonard Wood defeat Progressive incumbent Robert M. La Follette and Democratic challenger John W. Davis, Wood appointed Roosevelt to Secretary of War. Roosevelt served the position for three years extremely effectively, and was retained by President Coolidge after the death of President Wood. He would resign from his position on August 19, 1928.

Election of 1928

Roosevelt was considered as a potential challenger to incumbent Calvin Coolidge but Roosevelt would turn down any potential presidential run. The GOP however nominated Roosevelt as Coolidge's running mate to balance the ticket with a progressive to counter Coolidge's conservativism. Roosevelt was hesitant at first but ultimately accepted the nomination. He campaign vigorously on behalf of Coolidge and the Coolidge-Roosevelt Jr. ticket would easily win re-election against Progressive candidate Hiram Johnson and Democratic candidate Al Smith.

Vice Presidency

Roosevelt was much more active as Vice President than any previous man to hold the position. He would also provide a great deal of advice to Coolidge. Coolidge would appoint him to various trips over the country to help alleviate the Depression of 1929. Near the end of Coolidge's term, Roosevelt became the clear choice for the election of 1932.

Election of 1932

The economy had still struggled and much of the blame was placed on Coolidge and Roosevelt. Despite this, Roosevelt campaigned vigorously and showed he has strong support. His campaign was one on a middle ground of Democratic candidate Al Smith and Progressive candidate Philip La Follette. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, Roosevelt would narrowly lose out to Al Smith in the Electoral College and popular vote coming in second place.

Three Month Presidency

After the election had concluded, President Coolidge died on January 5th, 1933 just a few months before his term officially ended. Theodore Roosevelt would be sworn in and serve the final three months, simply finishing anything Coolidge had left behind. His brief presidency makes him the second shortest presidency behind William Henry Harrison's thirty one days. Roosevelt also became the second son of a former president to become the president himself, the first being John Adams and John Quincy Adams. Roosevelt would joke that "even when I lost, I still ended up in the White House."

Post Presidency years

Roosevelt was not satisficed with the historically short presidency and sought to gain a term of his own. He became a prominent leader in the Republican Party maintaining its progressive course against conservative opposition.

Election of 1936

Roosevelt would win the Republican nomination in 1936 in an attempt to defeat incumbent Al Smith. Smith's popularity had begin to decline near the end of his term and it seemed like Roosevelt's cousin, NY governor Franklin D. Roosevelt would defeat Smith in the Democratic primary. However the party bosses stuck with Smith leading to FDR to join the Progressive Party. Roosevelt had hope that FDR could split the democratic vote similar to what his father had done in 1916. However, FDR would upset Smith and Roosevelt Jr. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. would send a heartfelt congratulations to his distant cousin and retired from politics after the lost, declining the nomination in 1940.

Final years

Roosevelt Jr. would practice law in New York in his later years. When the US declared war on Japan, Roosevelt enlisted in the army. He would lead the invasion of France, becoming one of the oldest men to lead a battalion. He would die of a heart attack in France, and would be the in former US president to die on the battlefield.