Party Affiliation: Republican
- Teddy Roosevelt was shot before a campaign speech as the Bull Moose Party’s nominee for president in 1912. TR insisted on delivering the speech with the bullet lodged in his chest, saying, “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”.
- Roosevelt gave the White House its name. Until Teddy, it was known as the “Executive Mansion”.
- He traveled to Brazil in 1913 to explore the Rio da Duvida, aka the River of Doubt, one of the most intimidating tributaries of the Amazon. He navigated it so well that locals renamed it Roosevelt River.
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- He was the first President to leave the US while in office, to oversee digging of the Panama Canal.
- He once got into a bar fight with a man who called him “four eyes”. Saying, “Well if I’ve got to, I’ve got to”, Teddy got up and punched him three times in the face. The man struck his head on the bar on his way down and his friends quickly dragged him out.
- He did not have a middle name.
- Contrary to his formidable reputation, he was a frail and sickly child constantly plagued by asthma attacks.