Teddy Roosevelt: Things You Didn't Know About The Bull Moose

By | October 12, 2020

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Theodore Roosevelt Giving Campaign Speech. (Getty Images)

Teddy Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, was a rugged, no-nonsense statesman, writer, and naturalist. When not making policy and negotiating foreign alliances, Roosevelt enjoyed boxing, camping, horseback riding, and all sorts of other manly, outdoorsy endeavors, but he had a side no one ever knew about.

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Ted Geisel, American writer and cartoonist, at work on a drawing of the Grinch for How the Grinch Stole Christmas. (Library of Congress, New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection/Wikimedia Commons)

Roosevelt Once Humiliated Dr. Suess

When Theodore Geisel, later known as Dr. Seuss, was just a boy, he took part in a war bond sales drive with his Boy Scout troop. The top 10 sellers, which included Geisel, were to be presented with awards by then-former president Theodore Roosevelt. The whole town came out to watch the award ceremony, but someone miscounted, and there were only nine awards for Roosevelt to hand out. When he got to Geisel, he had no award for the boy, and he made the already embarrassing situation even worse by demanding, "What's this boy doing here?" Geisel reportedly fled the stage in humiliation and avoided crowds for the rest of his life.