Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) served as the 26th President of the United States. Leader of the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War and a former governor of New York, Vice President Roosevelt ascended to the presidency on September 14, 1901, following the assassination of President William McKinley, eventually winning election outright in 1904 and serving until 1909.
Here are ten collectible Theodore Roosevelt artifacts that should interest historians and political memorabilia collectors. “I have always been fond of the West African proverb ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.'” – Theodore Roosevelt in a letter to Henry L. Sprague, January 26, 1900
Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks 1904 Jugate Campaign Pin
Republican Party running mates Roosevelt and Fairbanks appear together on a choice 1904 jugate campaign pin. This item sold at auction for $1,434.
Theodore Roosevelt 1900 Rough Riders Reunion Flag
Teddy Roosevelt won fame with the Rough Riders during the Spanish-American War of 1898. Roosevelt was later awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously in 2001 for his heroic actions during the conflict. A large souvenir flag from a Rough Riders reunion in Oklahoma City on July 1-3, 1900 brought $6,572.50.
Theodore Roosevelt National Unity Button
A 1904 Theodore Roosevelt National Unity pin for the Republican Party promoting prosperity and advancement sold at auction for $1,434.
Theodore Roosevelt Stand Pat 1904 Campaign Pin
A 1904 Teddy Roosevelt poker-style pin urging voters to “stand pat” fetched a top bid of $244.98 at auction.
Theodore Roosevelt 1912 Bull Moose Campaign Pin
In 1912, unable to secure the Republican nomination, Teddy Roosevelt formed the Progressive Party – better known as the Bull Moose Party. In the general election, Democrat Woodrow Wilson came out on top, with Roosevelt second and Republican William Howard Taft third. A 1912 Roosevelt campaign pin with dangling moose sold at auction for $896.25.
Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks Campaign Handkerchief
Campaign items have come in many forms, including handkerchiefs. A 1904 handkerchief picturing Roosevelt and Fairbanks brought $956 at auction.
Theodore Roosevelt Bull Moose Bandana
A red Teddy Roosevelt Progressive/Bull Moose Party bandana from the 1912 presidential election sold at auction for $1,075.50. “We Want Our Teddy Back,” the bandana reads.
Theodore Roosevelt African Game Trails Book
Theodore Roosevelt was an inveterate world traveler, big game hunter, conservationist and prolific author. A 1910 first trade edition of Roosevelt’s African Game Trails published by Charles Scribner’s Sons in good condition brought $191.20 at auction.
Theodore Roosevelt Political Cartoon Original Art
Political cartoons were just as relevant – and scathing – in T.R.’s time as they are today. A signed original Clifford Berryman cartoon which appeared in the Washington Evening Star accusing Roosevelt of adopting Democratic Party ideals sold at auction for $1,254.75. Berryman has been heralded as one of the most accomplished political cartoonists of the twentieth century.
Theodore Roosevelt Autographed White House Card
An official White House card signed by Theodore Roosevelt (he didn’t like being called “Teddy”) brought $776.75 at auction.
Theodore Roosevelt Political Memorabilia Credits
- Auction results courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
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