Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Roosevelt, Theodore (younger)
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, an American military officer and public official, born in Oyster Bay, N. Y., in 1887, oldest son of Theodore Roosevelt (q. v.). He graduated from Harvard University in 1908, receiving an honorary degree of M.A. in 1919. After leaving college he engaged in business. Upon the entrance of the United States into the World War, he volunteered, being commissioned major of the 26th infantry on April 20, 1917, and being promoted lieutenant-colonel in September, 1918. He saw service in France from June, 1917, to the end of the war, participating in the battles at Cantigny, Soissons, and in the Argonne-Meuse and the St. Mihiel offensives. He was wounded and received the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre. He was an organizer of the American Legion, a member of the National Executive Committee of the Boy Scouts of America, and trustee of the American Museum of Natural History, New York. In November, 1919, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, and was elected again in November, 1920. He wrote “Average Americans” (1919). He was nominated Assistant Secretary of the Navy on March 7, 1921, by President Harding, and confirmed March 9th.