How Teddy bear got its name?
Everybody loves Teddy bears from child to adults. They are also the most popular gifts given to loved ones on the occasions like birthdays and valentine day.
But has anyone thought why Teddy bears are called “Teddy bears”? How it got its name? Is it the one who have created it?
Well there is a story behind its name.
Theodore “TR” Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919), an America’s 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909 went for a hunting trip near Onward, Mississippi on November 14, 1902.
He was invited by Mississippi Governor Andrew H. Longino, and unlike other hunters in the group, he had not located a single bear.
Roosevelt’s assistants, led by Holt Collier, a born slave and former Confederate cavalryman, cornered and tied a black bear to a willow tree. They summoned Roosevelt and suggested that he shoot it.
Viewing this as extremely unsportsmanlike, Roosevelt refused to shoot the bear. The news of this event spread quickly through newspaper articles across the country. The articles recounted the story of the president who refused to shoot a bear. However, it was not just any president, it was Theodore Roosevelt the big game hunter!
A political cartoonist by the name of Clifford Berryman read the article and decided to lightheartedly lampoon the president’s refusal to shoot the bear. Berryman’s cartoon appeared in the Washington Post on November 16, 1902.
A Brooklyn candy shop owner by the name of Morris Michtom saw the cartoon and had an idea. He and his wife Rose were also makers of stuffed animals, and Michtom decided to create a stuffed toy bear and dedicate it to the president who refused to shoot a bear. He called it ‘Teddy’s Bear’.
After receiving Roosevelt’s permission to use his name, Michtom mass produced the toy bears which were so popular that he soon founded the Ideal Toy Company. To this day the Teddy Bear has worldwide popularity and its origin can be traced back to Theodore’s fateful hunting trip in 1902.
As a leader of the Republican Party during this time, Roosevelt became a driving force for the Progressive Era in the United States in the early 20th century.