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There are many tales of bravery attributed to several American presidents but the one that tops the charts for me, happened in October in 1912, when midway through his speech, President Teddy Roosevelt was shot in the chest by an assailant. The shooter had apparently intended shooting him in the head when his arm was bumped by someone in the audience. The bullet had been slowed down by striking the president's spectacles case and a 50-page copy of the speech, avoiding damaging vital organs. The audience was clearly alarmed, so Teddy asked them to be calm, before continuing to talk for another hour

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VinceSummers wrote on July 31, 2017, 10:20 AM

Funny the man still lost the election.

lookatdesktop wrote on July 31, 2017, 7:45 PM

That is an interesting thing to know. As to his losing the election, that is another matter in and of itself. Did the shooter come to justice?

MegL wrote on August 2, 2017, 1:29 PM

Well, that was certainly an interesting story!

Tranquilpen wrote on August 6, 2017, 5:28 AM

Yes, it's true about him losing, but I don't know of too many presidents delivering a speech of over an hour long while being shot. Thanks for your comment. Regards, Andre'

Tranquilpen wrote on August 6, 2017, 5:47 AM

A saloon keeper named John Schrank approached Teddy, drew a pistol, and shot the president in the chest. He was arrested and brought to trial. Regards, Andre'

Tranquilpen wrote on August 6, 2017, 5:49 AM

I'm glad you enjoyed it, I have 3 more about him if you would like to read more. Regards Andre'

cmoneyspinner wrote on September 5, 2017, 2:05 PM

Yes I was aware of parts of this story. But you painted the entire picture. Thanks for educating me.