On October 12, 1914, Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest just before giving this speech in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The bullet was slowed by his glasses case and folded 50-page (!) speech placed in his breast pocket. The attempted murderer, John Schrank, was apprehended immediately after shooting the President. He spent the rest of his life in a mental institution. Roosevelt refused to cancel his speech to seek medical attention.
Historical Perspective: Teddy Roosevelt's "Bull Moose" Speech, Delivered With a Fresh Bullet in His Chest
January 11, 2013 By 7 Comments
Fascinating speech by Theodore Roosevelt, worth the read especially given the historical context. Thank you for bringing this to us!