History of the Teddy Bear

Have you ever wondered where those cute little teddy bears came from? They were named for President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. President Roosevelt was on a hunting trip in Mississippi when members of the hunting party caught a black bear and tied him to a tree. President Roosevelt was called to the area to shoot the bear, which he refused to do and said that it was unsportsmanlike and showed poor manners.

The Washington Post newspaper ran a cartoon showing the President refusing to shoot the bear and people all over America saw the cartoon. Morris Michtom, a shopkeeper in Brooklyn, New York placed two toy bears in the window of his shop. Mr. Michtom requested permission from the President to call them "teddy bears". The sweet little bears with shinny button eyes were a delight with children everywhere. The teddy bears were made by Mr. Michtom’s wife, Rose.