Source: Captains of Adventure
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “The Cowboy President” [chapter 28]
Author(s): Pocock, Roger
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Company
Place of publication: Indianapolis, Indiana
Year of publication: 1913
Pagination: 202-07 (excerpt below includes only pages 206-07)
|Pocock, Roger. “The Cowboy President” [chapter 28]. Captains of Adventure. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1913: pp. 202-07.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Theodore Roosevelt (political character); Theodore Roosevelt (assumption of presidency).|
|William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt; George Washington.|
From title page: By Roger Pocock, Author of A Man in the Open, etc.
From title page: Illustrated with Portraits.
The Cowboy President [excerpt]
This man who had fought grizzly
bears came rather as a surprise among the politicians in silk hats who run the
United States. He had all the gentry at his back because he is the first man
of unquestioned birth and breeding who has entered the political bear-pit since
the country squires who followed George Washington. He had all the army at his
back because he had charged the heights at Santiago de Cuba with conspicuous
valor at the head of his own regiment of cowboys. He had the navy at his back
because as secretary for the navy he had successfully governed the fleet. But
he was no politician when he came forward to claim the presidency of the United
States. Seeing that he could not be ignored the wire-puller set a trap for this
innocent and gave him the place of vice-president. The vice-president has little
to do, can only succeed to the throne in the event of the president’s death,
and is, after a brief term, barred  for
life from any further progress. “Teddy” walked into the trap and sat down.
But when President McKinley was murdered the politicians found that they had made a most surprising and gigantic blunder. By their own act the cowboy bear fighter must succeed to the vacant seat as chief magistrate of the republic. President Roosevelt happened to be away at the time, hunting bears in the Adirondack wilderness, and there began a frantic search of mountain peaks and forest solitudes for the missing ruler of seventy million people. When he was found, and had paid the last honors to his dead friend, William McKinley, he was obliged to proceed to Washington, and there take the oaths. His women folk had a terrible time before they could persuade him to wear the silk hat and frock coat which there serve in lieu of coronation robes, but he consented even to that for the sake of the gorgeous time he was to have with the politicians afterward.