Teddy Roosevelt on the campaign trail stops at the Ipswich Train Depot in 1912. The old Damon Block, which was destroyed by fire, is in the background. The present day Market Place stands on the site today. Thanks to Fran Richards for photo and text.
Campaigning as the vice-presidential nominee with William McKinley in 1900, Theodore Roosevelt conducted one of the most famous political campaigns in U.S. history, traveling by train and making 480 stops in 23 states. Following the assassination of President McKinley in September 1901, Theodore Roosevelt, at age 42, succeeded to the Presidency, the youngest man to hold the office at that time. In 1904 he was elected to a full term with a platform of progressive reforms but failed to pass most of his initiatives in the Congress. He kept his promise to step down after that full term, and went on safari in Africa.
Unhappy with his successor President Taft, Roosevelt tried but…
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