“Teddy’s Bear Hunt,” a Theodore Roosevelt board game from 1907
The game came with six lead Teddy playing pieces, a lead bear piece, two wooden dice cups and two ivory die. Players started at one end of the woods pictured on the board, leading to the finish mark: a bloodied bear laying on the ground.
Today I had the privilege of meeting President Roosevelt on my university’s campus, who was there for a series of performance pieces called Democracy in Performance, an event held in conjunction with the 2012 Presidential Debate being held at Hofstra University.
TR was spotted walking around campus before his own performance (alongside Mother Jones, which focused on child labor in the Progressive Era) and interacting with students.
We spent a few minutes discussing the many animals he had collected in his lifetime, to which he replied: “I’m not a good shot, I just shoot a lot!”
”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!”
October 14, 1912
Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest at close-range by saloonkeeper John Schrank while campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bullet became lodged in his chest only after penetrating his steel eyeglass case and passing through the 50-page folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket. Instead of immediately going to the hospital, he delivered his scheduled speech with blood seeping into his shirt, speaking for 90 minutes total.
Roosevelt carried the bullet in his chest for the remainder of his life.
Yesterday at the Washington National’s last game, Theodore Roosevelt won his first-ever Presidents Race after 525 consecutive losses, thanks to some assistance from a faux-Phillie Phanatic, who knocked down the other three presidents, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, letting Roosevelt cross the finish line in first place.
The TR mascot is infamous for never winning a single Mascot race, which takes place at every Washington Nationals home game. TR’s twitter response:
Teddy Roosevelt belonged to a short-lived 1912 progressive party nicknamed The Bull Moose Party.
Their platform was this:
- A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.
- Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled
- Limited injunctions in strikes
- A minimum wage law for women
- An eight hour workday
- A federal securities commission
- Farm relief
- Workers’ compensation for work-related injuries
- An inheritance tax
- A Constitutional amendment to allow a Federal income tax
The political reforms proposed included
Photo taken by Theodore Roosevelt himself, of his Elkhorn Ranch veranda.
After his wife and mother died in 1884, only hours apart, Roosevelt became depressed. He moved back to the Dakota territories, where he had built his Maltese Cross Cabin the previous year. Finding the location too busy for his taste, in June 1884 he laid claim to a second ranch, which he called Elkhorn. He left the bulk of the everyday work to his managers and hands, devoting his own time mostly to hunting and writing.