Theodore Roosevelt Becomes President (Great Events from History: North American Series)
Article abstract: A presidential assassination requires a young, exuberant vice president to assume the presidency.
Summary of Event
Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency after the death of the incumbent, William McKinley. At Buffalo, New York, on September 6, 1901. Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, had shot and seriously wounded the president while McKinley was in a receiving line at the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exposition. When Vice President Roosevelt rushed to the side of the stricken chief executive, the president’s doctors informed him that, despite the severity of the bullet wound to the stomach, McKinley appeared likely to recover. Roosevelt, in a move designed to restore public confidence, left for a mountain-climbing expedition in New York’s Adirondacks. McKinley weakened during the next several days, and by September 13, Roosevelt learned from a special messenger that the president was dying. By buckboard and train, Roosevelt rushed back to Buffalo but was unable to reach the city before McKinley’s death early on the morning of September 14. That afternoon, Theodore Roosevelt took the oath of office of president of the United States. He promised to carry forward McKinley’s policies.
Such a pledge was necessary because suspicions about Roosevelt’s reliability as a Republican pervaded the leadership of his party. During his rise to national stature in the 1890’s, Roosevelt had...
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