WHY is the American teddy bear called Teddy?

In late 1902, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Mississippi to settle a border dispute between that state and neighboring Louisiana. On a day free of negotiations, the guest was invited to go hunting. They failed to get a beast, and to please the president, he was shot with a bear cub he had caught beforehand. However, Roosevelt refused to shoot. The Washington Post published a story about the incident.

A few days later, Morris Michtom, owner of a Brooklyn stationery store, displayed a rag-tag bear in his window with a sign that read: Teddy’s Bear. Wanting to buy the toy was so much that Michtom even founded a company for its production.

The teddy bear was named Teddy.

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