September 18, 2013
BULLY! Joe Wiegand, the country’s premier Theodore Roosevelt reprisor, gives an emotional speech Friday, Sept. 13 at the North Creek train station during the Teddy Roosevelt Returns to North Creek festival. Wiegand rode the train from Saratoga Springs to North Creek on Sept. 13, 14 and 15 as the 26th U.S. president, in character the whole time. On Sept. 14, 1901, Roosevelt — who was then vice president — made his famous night ride to the presidency from the Tahawus Club in the town of Newcomb to the North Creek train station, knowing that President William McKinley was gravely ill. During the ride, McKinley died of injuries sustained from an assassin’s bullet in Buffalo several days earlier. When Roosevelt arrived at North Creek, he heard of McKinley’s death.