Front page of the New York Herald, October 15, 1912. From the Roosevelt Family albums, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs division.
On October 14, 1912, while making a campaign stop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest. His would-be assassin, John Schrank, was quickly wrestled to the ground to prevent him from shooting again. Stunned at first, Roosevelt regained his composure. Spitting into his hand quickly and seeing no blood, Roosevelt knew he wasn’t fatally wounded and insisted on delivering his speech before being taken to the hospital. Roosevelt spoke for an hour and half before ending his speech and seeking treatment for his wound. His glasses case, overcoat, suspenders, and thick, folded speech kept the bullet from penetrating further into his body. He recovered quickly and was in good form for his final speech on his 1912 campaign trail, on October 30 in Madison Square Garden.