|Theodore Roosevelt admired Maine guide William Sewall (above) for his pioneer spirit. (Donna Davidge-Bonham/ Sewall House)|
Friends in the wilderness
Theodore Roosevelt was a student at Harvard in 1878 when he met Maine guide William Sewall, who described him as a “thin pale youngster with bad eyes and a weak heart.” The following year the two embarked on an eight-day hike that included climbing Mt. Katahdin, a trek that Roosevelt completed wearing moccasins because he dropped one of his shoes while crossing a stream.
The lifelong bond the two forged has been mentioned by a number of Roosevelt biographers, including Carleton Putnam who wrote that Sewall was for Roosevelt “a prototype that fortified his faith in the essential soundness, hardihood and moral strength of the American Pioneer.”
Now the friendship between Sewall and Roosevelt is fully explored in “Becoming Teddy Roosevelt: How a Maine Guide Inspired America’s 26th President” (Down East) by Andrew Vietze, a Maine guide and ranger in Baxter State Park.
When Roosevelt was elected president, he invited Sewall and his family to the White House from time to time. At one reception, Sewall said, “I’m mighty glad to have come and seen it and it’ll give me something to talk about for all the rest of my life, but I’d rather go fishing for a steady thing.”
“I don’t think it’s any secret that the UUA held antiracism trainings, required staffers to attend, and they drew resistance,” said Reich, who will read from his novel at 7 p.m. Friday at Jamaicaway Books & Gifts, 676 Centre St., Jamaica Plain.
In 2001, two nurses at Baystate Medical Center were accused of murdering a patient; the charges were dropped after months of investigation. The patient’s health problems included kidney failure, emphysema, high blood pressure, and a number of broken bones from a car accident. When the district attorney asked the patient’s son, “What would you say if I told you that someone gave your mother too much morphine?” he responded, “To be perfectly honest with you, I would like to know who it was so I could say thank you.”
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Jan Gardner can be reached at JanLGardner@yahoo.com.