Theodore Roosevelt: Monocular Blindness


blind in one eye
 
1a Probably the result of a White House boxing match 2a. SEE BELOW

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Roosevelt's blindness has crept into popular culture!

 

[Thanks to RC, March 2006]

Cited Sources
  1. Pringle, Henry F. The Life and Times of William Howard Taft: A Biography. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Inc., 1939.
        
    a  p.912
  2. Smith, Ira R. T.; Morris, Joe Alex. "Dear Mr. President:" The Story of Fifty Years in the White House Mail Room. New York: Julian Messner, 1949.
        
    a  p.52

    Comment: Ira Smith was a peppery fellow who ran the White House mail room from 1897 to 1948. He started working during the administration of William McKinley and was the only mail room staffer until the volume of mail made it necessary to hire help during the administration of Franklin Roosevelt.


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