When Teddy Came to Town

Marquette Fiction
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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.
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About the author

Tyler R. Tichelaar is a seventh generation resident of Marquette, Michigan. Since age eight, he wanted to be a writer, and at age sixteen, he began writing his first novel, which years later was published as The Only Thing That Lasts. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees in English from Northern Michigan University. He has served as the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, and he is the owner of his own publishing company, Marquette Fiction, and of Superior Book Productions, a professional editing and book design service. In 2009, Tyler was awarded the Best Historical Fiction Award in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel Narrow Lives. He has since gone on to sponsor that award. In 2011, he received the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award from the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee for his book My Marquette and he received the Marquette County Arts Award that same year for an "Outstanding Writer." Besides writing about Upper Michigan, Tyler has always been interested in the supernatural and the Gothic. In 2012, he published The Gothic Wanderer: From Transgression to Redemption. He has also written Spirit of the North: a paranormal romance, a historical fiction novel with a ghost in its storyline. In addition, he is the author of a series of novels about King Arthur, beginning with Arthur's Legacy, that include many Gothic elements, including an appearance by Dracula in the fourth novel, Lilith's Love. Today, Tyler continues to live in Marquette, where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing. He has many future books in the planning.
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Publisher
Marquette Fiction
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Published on
Jun 12, 2018
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Pages
384
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ISBN
9780996240055
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Language
English
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