Source: Illustrious Career and Heroic Deeds of Colonel Roosevelt, “The Intellectual Giant”
Source type: book
Document type: book chapter
Document title: “President Roosevelt’s Administration” [chapter 12]
Author(s): Mowbray, Jay Henry
Publisher: none given
Place of publication: none given
Year of publication: 1910
Pagination: 171-81 (excerpt below includes only pages 171-72)
|Mowbray, Jay Henry. “President Roosevelt’s Administration” [chapter 12]. Illustrious Career and Heroic Deeds of Colonel Roosevelt, “The Intellectual Giant.” [n.p.]: [n.p.], 1910: pp. 171-81.|
|excerpt of chapter|
|Theodore Roosevelt (political aspirations); McKinley assassination.|
|William McKinley; Theodore Roosevelt; Ansley Wilcox.|
From title page: Illustrious Career and Heroic Deeds of Colonel Roosevelt, “The Intellectual Giant”: Containing a Full Account of His Marvelous Career, His Early Life, Adventures on a Western Ranch among the Cowboys; Famous Leader of the Rough Riders; President of Our Great Country; His Wise Statesmanship, Manly Courage, Patriotsm, [sic] Etc., Etc.; Including His Famous Adventures in the Wilds of Africa in Search of Lions, Rhinoceri, Elephants and Other Ferocious Beasts of the Jungle and Plain; Journeys in Unknown Lands and Marvelous Discoveries, Together with His Triumphal Journey and Receptions by the Crowned Heads of Europe.
From title page: Embellished with a Great Number of Superb Phototype Engravings.
From title page: By Jay Henry Mowbray, Ph. D., LL. D., the Well-Known Historian and Traveler.
President Roosevelt’s Administration [excerpt]
WHEN Theodore Roosevelt was yet Vice President and had no thought
that he would succeed to the Presidency of the nation through the death of William
McKinley, he said:—“I am going to be a candidate for President. I shall do the
very best I can to obtain that nomination. But if I do not get it I shall accept
the result cheerfully, and although it will be a great disappointment to me
should I fail to be the candidate of my party, I shall not sulk nor let it embitter
Mr. Roosevelt made this statement at the house of Mr. Ansley Wilcox at Buffalo, in September, 1901, when he was packing up, preparing to leave for the Adirondacks. President McKinley had been shot a few days before and on that day the physicians had given the opinion that he would recover. The whole country breathed a sigh of relief and no one felt more joyful than Mr. Roosevelt. The man was supremely happy that the Presidency was not going to come to him through the assassin’s bullet.
“To become President in this way,” he had said, “means nothing to me. Aside from the horror of having President McKinley die, there is an additional horror in becoming his successor in that way. The thing that appeals to me is to be elected President. That is the way I want the honor to come, if I am ever to receive it.”
Mr. Roosevelt went to the Adirondacks. When there, Mr.  McKinley took a sudden change for the worse and died while the Vice President was on his way back to Buffalo to take the oath and assume the responsibilities of the office of President.