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Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912

Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin: Madness, Vengeance, and the Campaign of 1912

Gerard Helferich

Language: English

Pages: 304

ISBN: 0762788410

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John Flammang Schrank—a lonely Manhattan saloonkeeper—was obsessed with the 1912 presidential election and Theodore Roosevelt. The ex-president’s extremism and third-term campaign were downright un-American. Convinced that TR would ignite civil war and leave the nation open to foreign invasion, Schrank answered what he believed to be a divine summons, buying a gun and stalking Roosevelt across seven Southern and Midwestern states, blending into throngs of supporters. In Chattanooga and Chicago, he failed to act. In Milwaukee, on October 14, Schrank crossed TR’s path again—BANG!

Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin is the dynamic unfolding account of the audacious attempt on Roosevelt’s life by a lone and fanatical assailant. Based on original sources including police interrogations, eyewitness testimony, and newspaper reports, the book is above all a fast-paced, suspenseful narrative. Drawing from Schrank’s own statements and writings, it also provides a chilling glimpse into the mind of a political assassin. Rich with local color and period detail, it transports the reader to the American heartland during a pivotal moment in our history, when the forces of progressivism and conservatism were battling for the nation’s soul—and the most revered man in America traveled across the country campaigning relentlessly against Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, and Socialist Eugene V. Debs in what historians agree was the first modern American presidential contest.

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Chicago, 156–60, 161–63, 192–94, 205–+10; childhood, 12; Civil Service Commission and, 14–17, 18; in Colorado, 69; corporate trusts and, 20; in Dalton, Georgia, 122–23; death of, 240; Debs and, 179; early history, 12–20; European tour, 24; health of, 238, 239–40; hospitalization in Chicago, 192–94, 205–10; in Idaho, 49–50; immigrants and, 152–53; on immigration, 158; in Kansas, 70, 73,79, 92–93; in Louisiana, 102–07; McKinley assassination and, xiv, xv; in Michigan, 149, 150–51; in Milwaukee,

the party machine that had secured his election. In his first year, he guided through the Democratic assembly and Republican senate a sweeping program attacking corruption, regulating utilities, mandating food safety, improving working conditions, protecting women and children in the workplace, enhancing education, instituting primary elections, and authorizing initiative, recall, and referendum on the municipal level. As for how he found the transition from academia to government, he allowed,

metropolis of the Pacific Ocean. You came here to hear him, and I will introduce him now—Theodore Roosevelt.” The Colonel asked for three cheers for Heney and expressed his pleasure to be back in San Francisco and California. Then, brushing aside the Republican Party, which, he said, “has abandoned the people and has abandoned every principle of honesty and of popular rule and surrendered itself to servile subjection” of the bosses, he closed in on his main target of the evening, the Democratic

reported the Tribune; Doctor Killed, Woman Hurt in Auto Crash, related the Sun. Schrank crossed Elizabeth Street and headed west, passing brick tenements with zigzag fire escapes, and cast-iron storefronts with wide, arched windows. He ticked off the blocks: Mott, Mulberry, Baxter. Beyond Baxter, he was skirting the northern boundary of Five Points, a neighborhood synonymous with crime and misery for the better part of a century. The name derived from the prominent intersection of Baxter, Park,

little after six o’clock. A stack of newspapers were waiting on the front desk, but he ignored them and exited the hotel without a word, not even to tell the staff whether to expect him for another night. At ten thirty that evening he appeared in the hotel’s saloon and, standing at the end of the bar, drank five or six glasses of beer. Then he went to the lobby, laid another half dollar on the desk, and left it to Ernest Slaton to make the entry in the register. Every day, it was the same. Mr.

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