Remarks in Medora, North Dakota

April 07, 1903

My friends and neighbors:

I am very glad to see you all. I made up my mind that, come what would, I would stop at Medora. I first came to Medora twenty years ago, so I am a middling old-settler. I meet boys, great big strapping men, and mothers of families who were children about three feet high when I knew them here. It is a very pleasant thing for me to see you. I shall not try to make you more than a very short talk, because I want to have the chance to shake hands with you. Most all of you are old friends. I have stopped at your houses and shared your hospitality. With some of the men I have ridden guard around the cattle at night, worked with them in the round-up, and hunted with them, so that I know them pretty well. It is the greatest possible pleasure to me to come back and see how you are getting along, to see the progress made by the State, to see the progress made up at this end in the place that I know so well, and it does me good to come here and see you. There is not a human being who is more proud of what you have done, and more pleased with your welfare and progress, than I am.

Theodore Roosevelt, Remarks in Medora, North Dakota Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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