Jack’s Patriot of the Week

The 4th of July is less than a week away and Americans across the nation are beginning to swell with patriotic pride. 

Its got us thinking about our favorite American Patriot and what a badass he was. For example, remember that time, before going onstage to give a speech, this patriot was shot in the chest?

Rather than cry about it and take the day off, this patriot examined the wound himself, decided it was not fatal and went ahead and gave his speech.

With a bullet in his chest, he then spoke onstage for a full 90 minutes. Only after finishing his speech did he allow himself to be taken to a hospital.

Teddy Roosevelt

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“Ladies and gentlemen, 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.” – Teddy Roosevelt, October 14, 1912.

That’s the line he used to open his speech after getting shot. Hardcore? You bet your ass.

But our patriot’s outrageous exploits don’t end there…

Teddy Roosevelt as a Cowboy

After the deaths of his wife and mother on the same day, a young Teddy Roosevelt moves to North Dakota to be a cowboy.

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National Archives / Newsmakers

Three young outlaws made one mistake – they stole a riverboat without checking who it belonged to first. It was the property of one Theodore Roosevelt, and he wasn’t going to give it up so easily.

The future president chased the men across the Dakotas for two weeks before catching up with them. Details of the encounter are fuzzy, but one thing is known for certain:

Teddy Roosevelt beat the tar out of those outlaws.

Rather than play vigilante and hang them on the spot, Teddy Roosevelt decided yield to the rule of law and chose to bring them in for a trial. He himself stayed awake to guard the prisoners for the 40 hour journey. To pass the time and keep himself awake he read Tolstoy.

And that’s just one of the many ways you too could become Jack’s Patriot of the Week. Better get to work, son.

Bonus Adventure:

One time while hunting horse thieves, Teddy Roosevelt met Seth Bullock, the most famous sheriff of Deadwood, South Dakota. The two became friends for life. Also they caught the horse thieves.

If you want to know more about this historical badass check out your local library! Hahahaha we’re just kidding. That place is weird. 

[Source(s): Wikipedia]


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