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Editor says, what if Teddy Roosevelt won his 3rd term? muses Robbie Taylor. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Politicians thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1912,while campaigning for the presidency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, former President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt is shot at by a crank who said that "any man looking for a third term ought to be shot".
Roosevelt's Assassination AttemptRoosevelt, who was completely missed by the wild shot, laughed off the attempt on his life and delivered his speech that night with even more humor and good graces than usual, captivating the audience.
In fact, his personal popularity skyrocketed after the assassination attempt - Republican rival President William Howard Taft half-hinted that Roosevelt had engineered the attempt himself - and he easily defeated Taft and Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson in the general election to become the longest-serving president in the nation's history.