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Roosevelt's Milwaukee speech

The Leader and the Cause

Theodore Roosevelt: Icon of the American Century


Read More About It

"The Attempted Assassination of Ex-President Theodore Roosevelt" by Oliver Remey

"Theodore Roosevelt" by Michael Schuman

"Theodore Roosevelt: Our Twenty-Sixth President" by Ann Gaines

"The Attempted Assassination of Teddy Roosevelt" by Stan Gores


Vocabulary:

caliber
revolver
proceeded
in spite


Interesting Fact:

Roosevelt might have been killed if the bullet had not first gone through a heavy overcoat, his folded 50-page manuscript and his spectable case.


Study Questions:

  • Why did Schrank want to shoot Roosevelt?
  • What year did Roosevelt leave the White House?
  • Why was Roosevelt in Milwaukee to give a speech?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about Theodore Roosevelt:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on October 14:

    1947: Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier in the Bell X-1 rocket plane.
    1960: John F. Kennedy first mentions the idea of the Peace Corps.



  • October 14

    October 14, 1912: Former President Teddy Roosevelt was shot in Milwaukee outside the Gilpatrick Hotel. John Schrank, New York, shot Roosevelt with a .38 caliber revolver from six feet away. Roosevelt proceeded to present his 50-page speech at the Milwaukee Auditorium in spite of having a bullet in the right side of his chest.


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