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Bears got their name from Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th
president of the
United States. In 1902, the president went bear hunting in Mississippi
without success, so members of his party caught a bear cub, tied it to
a tree, and offered it to the president as an easy trophy. The
president refused. The event was drawn by a cartoonist for the
Washington Post the next day. The cartoon emphasized the helplessness
of the bear and conveyed the message that Roosevelt would not make
decisions for the wrong reasons. Roosevelt's popularity soared as a
result of his actions and the cartoon. Morris and Rose Michtom made a
stuffed bear in honor of the president's actions.
Teddy Bears name is
one of two stories. One story is that the president gave the Michtom's
permission to christen the new stuffed toy bear "Teddy Bear". The
story is that at President Roosevelt's daughter's wedding, bears
decorated the tables. When a guest asked what breed of bear they were,
a guest said, "Why, they're Teddy
Bears, of course".
Teddy Bears continue to make great gifts.
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