Editor says, what if Teddy Roosevelt ran alone for a non-consecutive third term in 1912? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History 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 Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality, Roosevelt would keep his Progressive Party and campaign as strong as a "Bull Moose." The election would become a fiasco as the Republicans were torn apart, allowing Woodrow Wilson to gain office. Giving up politics for a time, Roosevelt began an expedition to the Amazon in 1913 that would be geographically significant in charting unknown regions, but he would suffer a leg injury as well as malaria. Though he would recover (never completely) and return to the public eye, Roosevelt considered himself to have lost ten years of his life. He would die of a heart attack in his sleep after a long illness of inflammatory rheumatism. It was said that death had to take him in his sleep, otherwise there would have been a fight. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.