Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, was born on this date in 1858. In 1902, Roosevelt was helping settle a border dispute between Louisiana and Mississippi and during his free time he went hunting with his aides and some reporters. As he was not having any luck in hunting, his aides found him a bear, but he refused to shoot it. A cartoonist for the Washington Post drew a cartoon of the incident, first drawing a fierce bear but later changing it to a cuddly bear. A store owner in Brooklyn, Morris Michtom, sent a toy bear that his wife had made to Roosevelt, asking if he could name it "Teddy's Bear". The new toys became very popular and the teddy bear craze began.
If you want to celebrate the teddy bear, you need to shop at Stampin' Up! for the Build-A-Bear Workshop Collection! You'll have so much fun creating your own Build-A-Bear projects, cards, and scrapbook pages! In fact, you can create your own bear right on this link! You can click and drag on various clothing and accessories on the bear, even dress him for Halloween! Go check it out!