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how did the teddy bear get its name

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How did the teddy bear get its name?

Theodore Roosevelt was born in 1858 and he died in 1919. During the Spanish-American war of 1898 he commanded a cavalry force known as the "rough-riders". He was President of the United States from 1901 to 1909. One day he was out in the wilds hunting bears when he came across a little bear cub and, because it was so small and cuddly, he could not kill it but let it wander off. An American newspaper heard the story and published a cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt with the little animal. Some time later, a toy maker wrote to the president asking for permission to make a soft, cuddly toy bear and name it after him. As Theodore Roosevelt's nickname was "Teddy" Roosevelt, the toy maker wanted to call his toy a "Teddy" bear. -------------------------------------------------------The name Teddy Bear comes from former United States President Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". The name originated from an incident on a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi in November 1902, to which Roosevelt was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino. There were several other hunters competing, and most of them had already killed an animal. A suite of Roosevelt's attendants, led by Holt Collier, cornered, clubbed, and tied an American Black Bear to a willow tree after a long exhausting chase with hounds. They called Roosevelt to the site and suggested that he should shoot it. He refused to shoot the bear ,and it became the topic of a political cartoon by Clifford Berryman in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902. While the initial cartoon of an adult black bear lassoed by a white handler and a disgusted Roosevelt had symbolic overtones, later issues of that and other Berryman cartoons made the bear smaller and cuter.Morris Michtom saw the drawing of Roosevelt and the bear cub and was inspired to create a new toy. He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read "Teddy's bear," after sending a bear to Roosevelt and receiving permission to use his name.


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