While Roosevelt was campaigning in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 14, 1912, a saloonkeeper named John Schrank shot him. The bullet lodged in his chest only after penetrating his steel eyeglass case and passing through a 50 page single-folded copy of the speech he was carrying in his jacket.
After being shot, Roosevelt continued to present his speech saying “Friends, I shall ask you to be as quiet as possible. I don’t know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. But fortunately I had my manuscript, so you see I was going to make a long speech, and there is a bullet—there is where the bullet went through—and it probably saved me from it going into my heart. The bullet is in me now, so that I cannot make a very long speech, but I will try my best.”
After his speech, Roosevelt collapsed to the floor. He was then taken to the hospital and made good recovery!