ISHPEMING - In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Ishpeming to sue George Newett, the publisher of the Iron Ore - one of Ishpeming's newspapers, for libel.
Participants in the Ishpeming Area Historical Society's ninth annual Historic Homes Tour, set for 1-5 p.m. today, will get a chance to view the home Newett built in the 1880s, also known as the Dulany house, on Oak Street.
"It was one of the first houses constructed on Lake Bancroft," said homeowner and organizer of the annual homes tour David Aeh.
One of the homes included in the Ishpeming Historic Homes Tour today is this home at 447 Oak St. once owned by George Newett, the publisher of the Iron Ore newspaper. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)
One of George Newett’s claims to fame was losing a libel lawsuit brought by Teddy Roosevelt, shown here on a campaign stop in Marquette in 1912. (Photo courtesy of Jeack Deo, Superior View Studio)
Newett came to Ishpeming from Wisconsin in 1873 and began work as a newspaper reporter, eventually becoming publisher of the Weekly Agitator, which later became the Iron Ore.
During the 1912 campaign, Newett and the Iron Ore actively supported the Republican Party, and when Roosevelt made a speech in Marquette County while campaigning that looked to gain him the votes of area residents, Newett published an editorial stating:
"Roosevelt lies and curses in a most disgusting way, he gets drunk, too, and that not infrequently, and all his intimates know about it."
Once heard about the editorial, Roosevelt brought the libel suit against Newett, won and demanded six cents as compensation. His goal was to protect his reputation, not realize a financial gain.
Beyond being sued by Roosevelt, Newett was an authority on mining, active in the community and an advocate for skiing, often writing on the sport of ski jumping.
The Newett home originally included a large lot, a carriage house, a boat house
Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.