Theodore Roosevelt's Visit To Grayson County
One of the most festive events in Sherman's early history, Theodore Roosevelt's 1905 appearance here marked
the first visit of a President of the United States to Grayson County
Traveling to San Antonio to attend a reunion of the "Rough Riders" . . . his special troops in the
Spanish-American War . . . Roosevelt stopped first in Denison on that same day, April 5, and was there presented
with a Texas-shaped floral piece from excited youngsters.
His train proceeded then to Sherman, where a record crowd of 35,000 had come by buggy, horse, and special
trains from as far as 175 miles to see him.
Led by a unit of Rough Riders, Roosevelt and his party rode up the banner-decked streets in nine handsome
carriages, passing between lines of Union and Confederate Civil War veterans.
They arrived at the speaker's stand amid loud applause. Here (at this comer) he spoke for 15minutes, praising
Texas as "one of the two or three greatest states in the Union." He emphasized his own heritage from the South
and North and his delight in national reunification.
Within an hour Roosevelt left for Dallas, having provided for the people of this area one of the most memorable
occasions in their lives.