May 3, 2003
FAMOUS BEAR HUNT:
Teddy Bear is Born"
November 12, 1902, the Washington Post reported that President Theodore
Roosevelt was headed to Smedes, Mississippi, 25 miles north of
Vicksburg, for a 4-day bear hunt. The article said the president
"did not anticipate the pleasure of killing a bear so much as the
pleasure of a few days complete recreation in the woods."
guide for the hunt was Holt Collier, a scout during the Civil War and
later a guide for Gen. Wade Hampton. Collier had helped kill
1000 bears, nearly 150 in a single season.
November 14, the hounds cornered a 235-pound bear. Collier tied
it to a tree and called for the president. When Roosevelt
arrived, he would not shoot the bear.
cartoonist Clifford Berryman drew Roosevelt with a little bear tied to
a tree with the caption, "Drawing the Line in
Mississippi." Soon toy manufacturers were producing
"Teddy's Bears," later called Teddy Bears.
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