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Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County

 
 
President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 9, 2014
1. President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County Marker
Inscription.

One of the most festive events in Sherman's early history, Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 appearance here marked the first visit of a President of the United States to Grayson County.

Traveling to San Antonio to attend a reunion of the "Rough-Riders" — his special troops in the Spanish-American War — Roosevelt stopped first in Denison on that same day, April 5, and was there presented with a Texas-shaped floral piece from excited youngsters.

His train proceeded then to Sherman, where a record crowd of 35,000 had come by buggy, horse, and special trains from as far away as 175 miles to see him. Led by a unit of Rough Riders, Roosevelt and his party rode up the banner-decked streets in nine handsome carriages. Passing between lines of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans, they arrived at the speaker's stand amid loud applause. Here (at this corner) he spoke for 15 minutes, praising Texas as "one of two or three greatest states in the Union". He emphasized his own heritage from the South and the North and his delight in national reunification.

Within an hour Roosevelt left for Dallas, having provided for the people of this area one of the most memorable occasions in their lives.
 
Erected 1971 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11527.)
President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 9, 2014
2. President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County Marker

 
Location. 33° 38.158′ N, 96° 36.559′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on Travis Street north of Lamar Street (Texas Highway 56), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the east grounds of the county courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Houston Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Japanese Model 92 (a few steps from this marker); Home County of Conservationist Allison Mayfield (a few steps from this marker); Stone from Old Ox Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Grayson County (within shouting distance of this marker); Ninth Texas Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); Eleventh Texas Cavalry (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); Peter W. Grayson (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sherman.
 
Also see . . .
1. 1905 Photo of President Roosevelt at Sherman TX. (Submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. 1905 Photo of Sherman TX Students Waiting to Greet President Roosevelt. (Submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. "How President Roosevelt Travels," in The Strand Magazine, v.30. (Submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Patriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar, Spanish-American
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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