Military Anecdote Day. Even A Bullet To The Chest Couldn’t Stop Teddy Roosevelt From Delivering A Speech.

by Daniel Russ on July 30, 2012

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In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when a crazed anarchist shop keeper, John Schrank sought him out. They were in front of the Gilpatrick Hotel when Chrank fired a .32 directly at Roosevelt’s heart. The round was stopped by a steel glasses case and a 50 page manuscript and thus inflicted only a bleeding surface wound. After he was shot he delivered a 90 minute speech. Doctors gave him a tetanus shot and put him in the hospital. Despite the fact that he was shot, and certainly engendered much sympathy, he was defeated by Woodrow Wilson who became the 27th President.

In 1914, John Schrank was committed to the Central State Mental Hospital in Waupun, Wisconsin. He remained there for 29 more years, until his death in 1943

Sources: Wikipedia

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