Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How Maine Influenced Teddy Roosevelt

It was at a small settlement called Island Falls in Aroostook County that Teddy
Roosevelt first encountered William Wingate Sewall, the legendary upcountry
woodsman who was to have a profound influence on the young Roosevelt. The
relationship between these two men of very different backgrounds is chronicled
in "Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America's 26th
President," published by Down East Books. The author, Andrew Vietze, is himself
a registered Maine guide, as well as an award-winning writer. Vietze says it's
surprising that so little has been written about Bill Sewall until now.
Vietze's book can be seen here.

- John C.L. Morgan

Related: Good Salary. Little Work. Soft Snap! (April 7, 2008)
Related: Wanted: Skilled Mainers (February 26, 2008)

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