John F. Schrank Letters
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- Majority of material found within 1913-1918
- Schrank, John Flammang, 1876-1943 (Person)
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On October 14, 1912, Schrank attempted to assasinate Roosevelt while he was campaigning for reelection in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He had followed Roosevelt from New Orleans and waited until Roosevelt emerged from his hotel to shoot him. The bullet lodged itself in Roosevelt's chest muscle, but did not do as much damage as it might have, ater hitting his steel eyeglass case and a 50-page copy of his speech first.
Schrank was immediately detained and nearly killed by the unruly crowd, but Roosevelt demanded he be spared, so Schrank was brought into the hotel safely and given over to local police. Roosevelt went on to give his 90-minute speech before finally seeking medical attention, where he was informed it would be better to leave the bullet as is. The bullet remained in his chest until he died in 1919.
After being detained, Schrank was evaluated by doctors and determined to be mentally insane. He was then committed to the Central State Hospital for the Criminially Insane in Waupun, Wisconsin in 1914, where he stayed for almost 30 years until his death from pneumonia on September 15, 1943. It was there he wrote many letters to Dr. Adin Sherman, his doctor at the hospital. Schrank's body was donated to the local medical school at Marquette University, now the Medical College of Wisconsin, for dissection.
.4 Linear Feet (Contains 1 document box and 1 map case folder)
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- August 2019: This finding aid was revised for completion and biographical note written by Nicole Yatsonsky.