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Theodore Roosevelt As Bull Moose

Last week at the Republican National convention in Chicago, Illinois former President Theodore Roosevelt asked his supporters to leave the floor of the and reconvene in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and endorsed the formation of a national progressive party, a third party to run against president William Howard Taft.. When asked by reporters if he were physically up to the task, Roosevelt replied, “I’m as fit as a Bull Moose.”

On June 28, 1912 the Chicago Day Book, a daily newspaper ran this political cartoon showing Roosevelt as the animal which he said he felt like. This is the first depiction of Roosevelt as a Bull Moose. His third party is called the Progressive Party.

The Chicago Day Book – June 28, 1912

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