Sometimes, the words of politicians save lives. In the case of Teddy Roosevelt, “Bull Moose” Party presidential candidate in 1912, that was very literally true.

Having already served as the 26th President of the United States, Roosevelt launched a third-party candidacy for a return to office in 1912. He was disenchanted with the political climate, especially with the sitting president, William Howard Taft, his chosen successor. As a result, Roosevelt started a third political party – the National Progressive Party – a group better known as the Bull Moose Party.

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