The Near-Assassination of Theodore Roosevelt

Eight Republican candidates debated Tuesday evening at the historic Milwaukee Theatre. The venue choice is an interesting one for the Republican party: 103 years ago, popular Republican president Theodore Roosevelt was nearly assassinated minutes before his scheduled speech at the same venue. The would-be assassin was 36-year-old Bavarian immigrant named John Schrank. But who was he, and why did…

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The Burdick Scandal – Part V

The obsessive coverage surrounding the inquest into Edwin Burdick’s murder was an early forerunner of today’s sensational trials. The packed courtroom and the public’s insatiable appetite for seedy details were new to Police Justice Thomas Murphy and District Attorney Edward Coatsworth. Two important facts emerged just before the inquest. The first was that Edwin Burdick had rewritten…

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The Dawn of Alice Roosevelt Longworth

President Theodore Roosevelt’s oldest child was born at home on February 12, 1884. Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt died two days later, on St. Valentine’s Day, probably of undiagnosed Bright’s disease. She left behind a grieving husband and a tiny 2-day-old namesake, Alice Lee Roosevelt. In a terrible twist of fate, her mother-in-law died the same…

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