Posts tagged ‘president’

February 15, 2014


Before a campaign speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former President Theodore Roosevelt, the presidential candidate for the Progressive Party, was shot at close range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while greeting the public in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel.  Schrank’s .32-caliber bullet, aimed directly at Roosevelt’s heart, failed to mortally wound the former president because its force was slowed by a glasses case and a bundle of manuscript in the breast pocket of Roosevelt’s heavy coat– a manuscript containing Roosevelt’s evening speech.  Schrank was immediately detained and reportedly offered as his motive that “any man looking for a third term ought to be shot.”

Roosevelt, who suffered only a flesh wound from the attack, went on to deliver his scheduled speech with the bullet still in his body. After a few words, the former “Rough Rider” pulled the torn and bloodstained manuscript from his breast pocket and declared, “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. 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 spoke for at least 55 more minutes, still wearing his blood-soaked shirt and then was rushed to the hospital.

Roosevelt would spend the next 8 days in the hospital. The bullet had lodged in his chest wall and removing it was deemed too unsafe. The wound healed and he never reported trouble from the injury again. Despite having lived through his assassination attempt, the presidency would not be Teddy’s again: Woodrow Wilson’s 41% of the vote meant the office would be his, though Roosevelt did beat out incumbent Taft, marking the only time a sitting president has come in third place in a re-election bid.


February 11, 2014


Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies.


October 20, 2013


In 1946, Harry S Truman declared the White House haunted.


June 9, 2013

What’s in a Middle Name?


Harry S. Truman’s middle name is S.  The “S” was a compromise between the names of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young.


March 24, 2013

Presidential Fact


Andrew Jackson’s parrot screamed curse words at the President’s funeral and had to be removed.