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Why is a stuffed toy bear called a Teddy bear?

It all started with US President Theodore Roosevelt.  He was an avid hunter and according to one story, someone tried to please the president by tethering a bear cub to a tree so Roosevelt could easily kill it during a hunting trip.

However, the president refused to shoot the young bear out of compassion and the incident instantly became a hot topic during conversations. A political cartoon by Clifford Berryman also came out in The Washington Post on November 16, 1902 where Roosevelt was shown with a cuddly bear cub.

A toy maker, Morris Michtom, saw the cartoon and was inspired to create a new toy.

He created a little stuffed bear cub and put it in his shop window with a sign that read Teddy’s bear," that's after asking permission to use Roosevelt’s name.

The plush bear toys were an instant hit and Michtom started the Ideal Novelty and Toy Company.

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