Where Did the Teddy Bear Come From?

Writer, naturalist, soldier, and 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died on this day in 1919. He was 60 years old. Born to a socially prominent family, he grew from a frail child into a tirelessly energetic promoter of forward-looking policies on the national, global, and environmental fronts. The youngest man in history to become president (age 42), Roosevelt served from 1901 to 1909.

During his administration, he strengthened the federal government’s role in domestic matters and led the country toward greater involvement in world affairs, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. A military hero before assuming the presidency, Roosevelt won national acclaim as the leader of the Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War. However, he is also remembered as an ardent conservationist. After the president refused to shoot a bear cub on a 1902 hunting trip, a toy maker named a stuffed bear after him, and the ubiquitous teddy bear was born.

You have to admire a tough guy like Teddy Roosevelt who appreciates the creation of God.

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