Teddy Roosevelt & the Marquette Libel Trial

Teddy Roosevelt & the Marquette Libel Trial

by Mikel B Classen


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On the same day Theodore Roosevelt narrowly survived an assassination attempt, his press secretary handed him a newspaper editorial from the Iron Ore, a small-town daily located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Its publisher, George Newett, had printed, "Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way; he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it." Tired of having his boisterous personality equated with intoxication, Roosevelt angrily shouted, "Let's go at him!" and the paper was formally charged with a suit of libel. As the case convened, a cadre of admirals, statesmen and fellow explorers descended on Marquette to testify to T.R.'s unimpeachable personal character in the biggest libel trial of the early twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540210524
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/19/2015
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Mikel B. Classen has been writing about northern Michigan in newspapers and magazines for over thirty-five years, creating feature articles about the life and culture of Michigan's north country. Classen makes his home in the oldest city in Michigan, historic Sault Ste. Marie.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9

Introduction 11

1 Of Campaigns, Assassins and the "Roosevelt Way" 15

2 George Newett and the Iron Ore Newspaper 23

3 Teddy Brings His "Big Stick" to Marquette 29

4 No One Galls T.R. a Drunkard and Gets Away With It 37

5 Whose Bully Pulpit Is It Anyway? 45

6 Roosevelt's Overwhelming Witnesses 77

7 A Judicial Square Deal 91

8 The Price of a Good Paper 103

Epilogue: Teddy Has the Last Word 109

Addendum: Shiras's Commentary on Roosevelt and Mint Julep Recipe 111

References 115

Index 117

About the Author 121

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