Theodore Roosevelt was the governor of New York when the Republican Party selected him to run for Vice-President in the national election of 1900. Although the GOP won, Roosevelt served less than a year in that office. The president, William McKinley, was assassinated in 1901 and Teddy was elevated to into the Presidency.
During his term, he contributed much to the country. Among his many achievements, he, an avid hunter, introduced our successful conservation program which brought many species of wildlife from near extinction to healthy populations. He was also awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905 for his part in the Treaty of Portsmouth which ended the Russo-Japanese War. Unlike our president, Roosevelt earned his prize.