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Former American president, Theodore Roosevelt, dies
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Former American president, Theodore Roosevelt, dies

New York, 7 January 1919 - The death has been confirmed of former American president, Theodore Roosevelt. His death was attributed to heart failure caused by a clot of blood in the heart.

He was 60 years old.

Born in New York City in 1858 to a wealthy family, Mr Roosevelt occupied the office of United States President between 1901 and 1908, becoming the youngest president in history.

Teddy Roosevelt throughout the ages: (clockwise from top left) the boy, the Harvard man, the assemblyman, the explorer, the president, the governor (Image: The Literary Digest, 18 January 1919. Via the Internet Archive)

He had a long career in public life, rising to the office of the Vice President in March 1901, before the assassination of President William McKinley, led to him becoming president later that year. He secured his own emphatic mandate in 1904.

Mr Roosevelt was succeeded as president by William Taft and contested for the office again at the last election, only to be defeated by the current incumbent, Thomas Woodrow Wilson.

Mr Roosevelt was a supporter of a vigorous prosecution of the recent war by the Americans, believing that Germany needed to be militarily crushed before the world could be considered safe for democracy.

Since the conclusion of that war, Mr Roosevelt has been critical of the speeches of President Wilson, in particular what he has claimed was the vagueness of his Fourteen Points and his ideas around the League of Nations and the freedom of the seas.

[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]

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