Teddy bears are named after President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt was on a bear hunting trip in Mississippi in 1902. Three days had gone by, and the President had not seen a bear. One of his hunting mates saw a sickly bear, and trapped it for the President to kill. Roosevelt took one look at the old bear and refused to shoot it. He felt doing so would be unsportsmanlike. Since it was injured and suffering, however, Roosevelt ordered that the bear be put down to end its pain. Word of this hit newspapers across the country, and political cartoons were created that connected bears with President Roosevelt – hence the name of the famous toy.