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As you shop for Christmas gifts, here is the real story of the Teddy Bear

1902 Cartoon by Clifford Berryman 1902 Cartoon by Clifford Berryman
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During an 1902 trip to Mississippi to hunt black bear, President Theodore Roosevelt struck out. 

Members of Roosevelt's hunting party reportedly were in a panic.  After all, the president was an avid hunter and his trip would be a disaster. 

Roosevelt was actually going after Louisiana black bear, a subspecies that can be found in wooded areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

As a solution to the problem, guides tied a young bear to a tree, but Roosevelt thought it would be unsportsmanlike to shoot the bear and refused the offer.  

The episode was made famous in cartoons by the artist Clifford Berryman and "Teddy Bears" became all the rage. 

While toys and gadgets have evolved over the last century, the Teddy Bear remains a mainstay.

Here's more on the story from the Theodore Roosevelt Association

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