Theodore Roosevelt corresponded regularly with Frances Theodora Parsons. Her husband died tragically early in the marriage, leaving Parsons to raise her young son on her own. It sounds as though Mrs. Parsons often held up Roosevelt as an example to her son as the sort of man he should be.
Following his African safari, Theodore Roosevelt took a grand tour of Europe, giving lectures at major universities and meeting with the monarchs of various countries. It was a time of great speech-making for Roosevelt who gave some of his best-known addresses during this “statesman’s tour” of Europe. One such talk, “Citizenship in a Republic” was given at the Sorbonne in Paris on April 23, 1910.
On April 19, 1915, a libel suit long in the making finally began in Syracuse, New York. Boss William Barnes had sued Theodore Roosevelt for libel, because a year earlier Roosevelt had publicly called Barnes “a political boss of the most obnoxious type.” The trial was moved to the Supreme Court in Syracuse to give both men an impartial jury as it was feared if the trial were held in Albany County, the jury would be skewed in favor of Barnes.
Theodore Roosevelt first came to the Dakota Badlands in September 1883 to hunt a buffalo before they were gone. He fell in love with the stark landscape and challenge of the area and before leaving, he bought into a ranching operation in the Little Missouri River Valley.
This past Saturday, the staff here at the Theodore Roosevelt Center along with our families pitched in to help around the community as part of Dickinson State University’s 4th Annual Big Event.