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His wife and mother both tragically died on Valentine’s Day, 1884. Depressed, he left New York to ranch cattle in the Dakotas. He organized the first voluntary cavalry, known as the “Rough Riders,” which captured San Juan Hill. He was vice president under William McKinley and in 1901 became America’s youngest president. His name was Teddy Roosevelt, born this day, Oct. 27, 1858. President Roosevelt warned: “The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us.”

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