We've been going around the Blueprints of Liberty event asking people their biggest takeaways from the museum experience, and this gentleman said his biggest surprise was to learn that Teddy Roosevelt was SHOT while on the Presidential campaign trail. And he isn't the only one! Most people haven't heard of this epic story.
On October 14, 1912, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Roosevelt was scheduled to deliver his acceptance speech as the Progressive Party’s nominee when a local saloonkeeper, John Flammang Schrank, shot Roosevelt in the chest. Roosevelt's life was spared by his steel glasses case and his folded 50-page handwritten speech that were stuffed in his pocket, slowing the bullet's path. Glenn owns BOTH the glasses and the life-saving speech and brought them as a part of the Blueprints of Liberty museum exhibit. Click HERE to see Glenn packing them up for the exhibit!
What's the best part of the story? Roosevelt stood up, determined that the bullet hadn't punctured his lungs, and delivered the speech! His opening comments to the crowd were:
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.
Hence the Bull Moose Party was born.
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