Theodore Roosevelt has been in the news lately—not the president, but the ship named for him. But the current news does give me the opportunity to discuss an interesting historical precedent for this situation—one that involved Theodore Roosevelt himself. To the public, it looked as though Roosevelt’s letter and the round-robin had forced the McKinley administration to act, which wasn’t the case. “As a descendant of the namesake of Captain Crozier’s former command, I often wonder, in situations like this, what Theodore Roosevelt would have done,” Tweed Roosevelt wrote. If you want to find out more about this episode, and Theodore Roosevelt, visit MentalFloss.com/historyvs.