The 10 Craziest Failed Assassination Attempts

9. Theodore Roosevelt

Attacker: John Schrank
Date: October 14, 1912

Getting shot is physically and mentally painful and causes most people to shut down whatever they're doing. Most people are not Theodore Roosevelt, though. While campaigning in Milwaukee, WI, Roosevelt was shot by a saloon owner named John Schrank, but because of a steel glasses case and a 50-page speech folded up in his breast pocket, the bullet didn’t do damage past breaking the skin and lodging itself in his chest.

Getting shot is an acceptable excuse to cancel the rest of your day’s plans and head over the ER to get treatment, but Teddy would have none of that. Instead of taking that logical path, Teddy went on to deliver a scheduled speech for 90 minutes, opening with the line, “Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose.” Now that is the definition of gangster.

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