After the Presidency
Roosevelt left the Presidency in 1909 and went
on an African safari. Soon after returning to
the U.S., he jumped right back into politics.
In 1912, he decided to again run for President,
and tried to win the Republican nomination against
William Howard Taft. However, Roosevelt lost
rather bitter, Roosevelt ran on the independent
ticket of the Progressive Party. In October,
during his campaign, John Schrane shot Roosevelt.
Schrane was an assassin who was later committed
to an asylum. Roosevelt was not seriously injured
and, in fact, refused to see a doctor until
after he delivered his speech. The speech lasted
an hour-and-a-half. Despite Roosevelt efforts,
Democrat Woodrow Wilson was elected President.
1918 and 1919, Roosevelt remained active in
politics. He published editorials and wrote
manuscripts, even though his health was failing.
He was often so ill that he was bedridden much
of the time.
January 6, 1919, Theodore Roosevelt died in
his sleep. Vice President Marshal wrote, "Death
had to take him sleeping, for it Roosevelt had
been awake there would have been a fight."
Roosevelt's own words: "No man has had a happier
life than I have led; a happier life in every
way." (National Park Service documents.)
more about Theodore Roosevelt:
Before the Presidency
Roosevelt: Rancher, Historian,
Did You Know?
The Father of Conservation
Life After the Presidency