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Former President Teddy Roosevelt died 100 years ago Sunday

Roosevelt visited Allentown, Reading

Sunday marked 100 years to the day since 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt died.

Roosevelt was president from 1901 to 1909. he also served as the governor of New York from 1899 to 1900.

During the course of his political career he made several stops in the Lehigh Valley. Roosevelt barnstormed into the Valley in April 1912 when he was campaigning for the Republican nomination for president.

Crowds had lined Hamilton Street as his car drove to what is now Symphony Hall to give a speech. At the speech, Muhlenberg cheerleaders chanted Roosevelt's name.

Roosevelt visited Reading in 1912.

Roosevelt returned to Allentown in October 1914 to support progressives running for Congress. Roosevelt had also visited Allentown in 1905.

When Roosevelt died in 1919 his son sent out telegram to family members that read simply, "The old lion is dead."


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