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.   

Related Topics: The Progressive Era
Progressivism and the Wisconsin Idea
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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: 12/7/2021