Saturday, May 30, 2009

Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America.


"While {Theodore} Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912, a saloonkeeper named John Schrank shot him, but the bullet lodged in his chest only after penetrating both his steel eyeglass case and passing through a thick (50 pages) single-folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket. Roosevelt, as an experienced hunter and anatomist, correctly concluded that since he wasn't coughing blood the bullet had not completely penetrated the chest wall to his lung, and so declined suggestions he go to the hospital immediately. Instead, he delivered his scheduled speech with blood seeping into his shirt. He spoke for ninety minutes. His opening comments to the gathered crowd were, "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."

-Wikipedia article about Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the Untied States of America

That is why America is so great, {In 1912 at least.} History is full of these people, you just have to paraphrase, "Goodness, I've Been Shot, well, I'm not coughing blood, so it isn't serious. On with the speech." Now this isn't what he said, but it must be close. Turns out that it would be too dangerous to remove the bullet, so he just lived with it, until he died in his sleep 7 years later of inflammatory rheumatism. Tough guy though, Woodrow Wilson's vice president at the time Thomas R. Marshall said of his death "Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight."

He was the 26th president, the 25th vice president, the 33rd governer of new york, {during which time he radically reformed the police department there.} And an Assistant secretary of the navy, all within October 27, 1858{when he was born} to January 6, 1919 when he died, at age 60(1858-10-27).

what brought this on? no reason, I just found that neat story at the top of the page, and felt that I needed to broadcast it to the world.

And he was the coolest President ever.

And on that note I bid you
Good Day, and Best Regards.

Sir Jacob D. Fredrickson Esq.

Chief Executive Officer of,

Quite the High Ranking Official of Early Bird Productions, Inc.

*I Felt that there should be a picture there, so I grabbed one from Wikipedia.


  1. A very good book about TR exploring in Africa is "The River of Doubt".

    His son Kermit accompanied him on the River of Doubt exploration and both of them were real tough dudes.

    Kermit had a drinking problem so TR had him transferred to Alaska to get him away from alcohol(which didn't work), where Kermit worked with Muktuk Marston (famous native soldier).

    Kermit died at Ft Richardson in Anchorage.

  2. Neat little bit of Alaska related trivia! Thank you for mentioning it Mr. Earl, I love a good bit of relevant Knowledge!

    Best Regards,


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