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A water glass used by Teddy Roosevelt after being shot, 1912

Glass used by Teddy Roosevelt after assassination attempt


On the night of October 14, 1912, Theodore Roosevelt spoke to a crowd in Milwaukee despite having been shot by a would-be assassin prior to the event. Milwaukee was a campaign stop for Roosevelt who was running for president as the candidate of the newly independent Progressive Party.  Unbeknownst to Roosevelt, a New York bartender, John Schrank, had been stalking him for three weeks and finally managed to get off a shot from his .38-caliber revolver as Roosevelt departed for his speaking engagement. Unwilling to miss his speech, Roosevelt trivialized the wound and insisted on speaking.  Roosevelt drank from this glass during the speech.   

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Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Progressivism and the Wisconsin Idea
Creator: Unknown
Pub Data: Wisconsin Historical Museum (Museum object #1954.291)
Citation: Glass used by Teddy Roosevelt after assassination attempt. Wisconsin Historical Museum. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1506; Visited on: 4/17/2014
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