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Teddy Roosevelt was an effete Northeasterner!

Like Andrew Jackson before him and George W. Bush after him, Theodore Roosevelt was a wealthy and well-educated man who had delusions of “ruggedness” and eventually portrayed himself as a Rugged Man in order to appeal to the nation’s famously and intrinsically American sense of individualism and boldness. Early in his political career, he bought a couple of cattle ranches in North Dakota, near the town of Medora. Teddy was very much into the iconography of cowboys, and when he returned to New York for the cold winters (like any real cowboy) he would get Glamour Shots® made of himself in frontiersman gear.

Henry F. Pringle tells this story:

“The first time he took part in a roundup, some time during the summer of 1884, one or two hardened cowboys nearly fell from their saddles as he called in his high voice to one of the men: ‘Hasten forward quickly there!’ The phrase became a classic in the Bad Lands.  Riders passing distant ranches relayed it with profane guffaws. Strangers in Medora and Little Missouri were puzzled as some thirsty customer ordered the bartender to ‘hasten quickly’ with his drink.”

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One Response

  1. Scott says:

    This was a great post if you ignore the historical inaccuracies. Thanks for the chuckle!

    “It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.” –Andrew Jackson

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