Theodore Roosevelt Develops Himself

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     After reading Theodore Roosevelt’s autobiography in high school, he became my favorite president.  I own over 50 books on TR in my personal library.  One of Roosevelt’s achievements grabbed my attention much more than his political and writing accomplishments.  Roosevelt started out as a very sickly child but through the application of exercise and sport built himself into

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St. Louis’ Resident Suffragette

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     Elizabeth Avery Meriwether broke Nineteenth Century convention by illegally registering and voting in the 1872 U.S. Presidential election, addressing the 1884 Democratic Convention and writing several short stories in support of woman’s suffrage.  Although she would live to be 92 years old, she died several years before she saw her dream realized with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment

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Wrestling at the 1904 Summer Olympics in St. Louis

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     On Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 1904, 42 wrestlers in 7 weight classes met in the first Olympic Games contested in the freestyle wrestling method.  Prior Olympic Games were contested in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling.  The 1904 Summer Olympics was held in conjunction with the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, MO.       St. Louis was

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Herman Rosenthal Is Murdered in 1912

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     Herman Rosenthal had the distinction of being hated equally by fellow gamblers and policemen.  Rosenthal opened his gambling operation in 1910.  Rosenthal refused to make payoffs to the police.  He also did not play by the established norms of the New York City gambling community.  As a result, New York City Police often raided his gambling house on West

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