Texas Tech University

Alumni College Fellow

Bruce Cammack


"Seeing the Elephant with the Boys: The Texas Diaries of Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, 1876-77"

In December, 1875, Elliott Roosevelt, the younger brother of Theodore, was escorted by their family doctor on the first of two four-month-long hunting and fishing trips to the frontier of Texas in an attempt to "cure" his debilitating headaches and seizures. Just 15 years old, Elliott recorded his experiences in two diaries that vividly describe a now vanished natural world of almost legendary abundance and variety. Elliott would later slowly succumb to the effects of alcoholism and mental illness, even as Theodore vigorously combined his and Elliott's love of the outdoors and the strenuous life with his competitive jealousy of his brother's athletic and social skills to propel himself along a path that would eventually lead to the White House.

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