This adorable 12" bear represents the story of Theodore Roosevelt and his visit near Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1902. Invited by the govenor to go on a hunting expedition. When the hunting guides tracked down a bear and tied it to a willow tree for the president, he refused to shoot it as it would be "unsportsmenlike." Clifford Berryman then drew a cartoon of the President that appeared in the Washington Post, November 16, 1902. Toy manufacturers picked up the story and quickly released the first "Teddy bear" and American lingo was forever changed to a stuffed bear.