When Teddy Came to Town

When Teddy Came to Town

by Tyler R. Tichelaar

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"Roosevelt lies and curses in the most disgusting way; he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all of his intimates know about it."
-- George Newett, The Iron Ore newspaper, October 12, 1912

When the above words appeared in print, they resulted in one of the most famous libel trials of the early twentieth century. Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was on campaign on the Progressive "Bull Moose" ticket, but his break from the Republican party had caused him to have many detractors. When a small town Michigan newspaper editor accused him of being drunk while campaigning, Roosevelt decided to make an example of him.

Matthew Newman, reporter for the New York Empire Sentinel, should have seen his assignment to cover the trial as the opportunity of a lifetime. But Matthew is also a native of Marquette, Michigan, where the trial will be held. Matthew left Marquette long ago and does not relish returning to deal with a distant sister and her drunkard husband, or to attend his niece's wedding, set for the weekend after the trial begins.

The situation becomes more difficult for Matthew when he learns that Roosevelt is staying at the home of George Shiras. Once close friends, Matthew and George have not seen each other in years after a serious blow caused Matthew to leave Marquette. Now he is uncertain how to deal with George's overtures of friendship.

As one witness after another, from navy admirals and secretaries to bodyguards and butlers, are called forth to testify in Roosevelt's defense, Matthew must call forth his past and come to terms with it.

Novelist Tyler Tichelaar, a native of Marquette, Michigan, goes where biographers have never gone in detailing not only the significance of the often-ignored Roosevelt libel trial, but also how Roosevelt's presence stirred Upper Michigan into a frenzy of excitement. This is the tale of a big man in a small town, how that small town responded, and how we all influence one another, often in unseen ways.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940162001355
Publisher: Marquette Fiction
Publication date: 07/05/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University and Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction, his own publishing company; Superior Book Productions, a professional editing, proofreading, book layout, and website design and maintenance service; and the current president of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is especially proud to be a seventh generation Marquette resident.

Tyler began writing his first novel at age sixteen in 1987. In 2006, he published his first novel, Iron Pioneers: The Marquette Trilogy, Book One. Numerous more books have followed. In 2009, Tyler won first place in the historical fiction category in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel Narrow Lives. He has since sponsored that contest, offering the Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Historical Fiction. In 2011, Tyler was awarded the Marquette County Outstanding Writer Award, and the same year, he received the Barb Kelly Award for Historical Preservation for his efforts to promote Marquette history.

While Tyler also writes on such diverse topics as nineteenth century Gothic fiction and historical fantasies about King Arthur, he remains engrossed in writing about Marquette and Upper Michigan as microcosms for the greater American story. He has many more books in the works.

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