The History of the Teddy Bear
Who, where and when was the first Teddy Bear made?
According to the History Channel, credit for the teddy bear goes to Morris Michtom and his wife, Rose, in 1902. Morris, a small novelty shop owner from Brooklyn, N.Y., had the idea, and Rose stitched it together.
Michtom got the idea from a Washington Post cartoon based on a hunting trip U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt went on while settling a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana.
Michtom sent a bear to Roosevelt and asked his permission to use the president's name. Roosevelt agreed and Michtom, along with a wholesaling company called Butler Brothers, began to mass-produce the toy bears.