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The First Roosevelt

Big-game hunter or big-time conservationist? Cowboy or member of the New York elite? War hero or peacemaker? The first President Roosevelt was all this and more. Learn about his life and times from National Park Service Ranger Mike Amato.

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Mike AmatoMike Amato has been a National Park Service Ranger at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace for close to 15 years. Mike's popular tours always bring to life the colorful career of Teddy Roosevelt.

Mike has a degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in History and Education at Brooklyn College. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York.

For information on Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace today, and how to visit, see our Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace page.

Theodore Roosevelt montag Top: Theodore Roosevelt (left) with John Muir at Yosemite. Middle left: cartoon of the episode that led to creation of the "teddy bear". Middle right: TR's campaign speech with bullet hole from assassination attempt (on view at the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace); Bottom: cartoon depicting some of TR's many roles.