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Theodore Roosevelt Visits


It was on this date in 1912 that Theodore Roosevelt visited Fargo by train during his Progressive campaign. Footage from the event shows the President being greeted by massive crowds at the Northern Pacific train depot. The President spoke from the rear of the train as part of his larger western rail tour. Film also exists that shows the President speaking to groups of Native Americans during the tour on the open prairies of the state. But September 6 was an even more important date for Roosevelt eleven years earlier in 1901 ... the day President William McKinley was shot at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. McKinley later succumbed to his wounds, making then Vice President Roosevelt the youngest man to become President on September 14th.

Dakota Datebook written by Jayme L. Job


TR at Fargo, N.D., during Progressive campaign, 1912 (in 2 parts) [2004]. Theodore Roosevelt Film Library, Volume 3. U.S. Historical Archive, Historic Print and Map Co: St. Augustine, Florida.