"I will make
this speech or die."
October 14, 1912
After leaving office in 1909, Theodore Roosevelt tried to settle into life as a former president. But, dissatisfied with the actions of his successor, William H. Taft, Roosevelt decided to run again for president in 1912 as the candidate of the Progressive, or "Bull Moose" Party.
Roosevelt was wounded by John Schrank on his way to a campaign
appearance at the Milwaukee Auditorium on October 14, 1912, but
went on to deliver his speech. Schrank believed he must kill Roosevelt
to prevent him from serving three presidential terms, and because
he dreamed that Roosevelt was responsible for the assassination
of William McKinley.