He decided to retire to the badlands after his fall through with politics and his first wife's death. He became a deputy sheriff, and one time, he hunted down 3 men who had stolen his river boat. After a particularly bad winter where he lost most of his cattle he decided to move back east.
He married again and became interested in politics once more. In the 1900 election he was put on the republican ballot as v-p to McKinnley (the republicans feared him, for even though he was a part of their party he was too radical, so they decided to let him be v-p one time to quench his desire to hold office, they belived that he would step down afterwards). Unfortunatly for the republicans, McKinnley was shot in 1901 by some anarchist.
Mr. Roosevelt quickly started to change the way things ran, he started breaking up trusts; he was the first president to do so, which resulted in his nickname the "trustbuster". Whenever he did not get his way in congress, he would give a speech to the public, then the public would complain to their senators and representitives until Mr. Roosevelt got his way. He labled the white house a "bully pulpit" which was the perfect place for him to give his speeches.
Quick things about Mr. Roosevelt:
-one of the first presidents to have his voice recorded
-first predient to settle a labor dispute
-first,(and I believe only) president to win the nobel peace prize
-he set up a group of soliders known as the "rough riders" during the Spanish American War and they kicked ass
-he got the rights for the Panama Canal to be built
-he set off huge acres of land in America for conservation
-he liked to hunt wild animals for sport, he killed mountain lions with knives ocasionally
His presidency lasted from 1901-1909. His hand picked sucsesor, Taft, became the next president. Many of Taft's decisions enraged Mr. Roosevelt, which caused him to create the bull moose party and run for re-election in 1912. During one of his speeches Mr. Roosevelt was shot in the chest, but a folded copy of his 50 page speech and his glasses case in his chest pocket slowed the bullet. He hypothisized that the bullet did no major damage based on the fact that he was not coughing up blood. He continued the speech with, "Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose."; he decided not to have the bullet removed and he lived with it for the rest of his life.
Theodore Roosevelt was one of the countries greatest preidents and is currently ranked as number 5-6 on many surveys.