Skip to Main Content

Teddy Roosevelt Pounds His Fist.

Teddy Roosevelt Pounds His Fist

Field review by the editors.

Mount Vernon, New York

No one looks good when they're shouting. That message was lost on sculptor Vincenzo Miserendino, whose 1923 half-statue of the late President Teddy Roosevelt (he'd died in 1919) depicts him pounding a lectern with his fist while his face is frozen in mid-bellow. With squinted eyes and contorted mouth, bronze Teddy looks like a mustachioed baby screaming that his favorite toy has been taken away. "Aggressive fighting for the right," reads the statue's inscription, "is the noblest sport the world affords."

The sculpture's official title is "The Orator." Vincenzo was such a fan of Roosevelt that he sculpted him a half-dozen different times -- although never as unflatteringly as he did here -- and named his youngest son Theodore.

Roadside Presidents
Roadside Presidents App for iPhone. Find this attraction and more: museums, birthplaces, graves of the Chief Execs, first ladies, pets, assassins and wannabes. Prez bios and oddball trivia. Available on the App Store.

Teddy Roosevelt Pounds His Fist

Address:
350 Gramantan Ave., Mount Vernon, NY
Directions:
The statue is on the landing of the steps leading to the entrance of A.B. Davis Middle School. On the west side of Gramantan Ave. at its intersection with Overlook St.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Freedomland USA RockFreedomland USA Rock, Bronx, NY - 3 mi.
Crazy Year-Round Christmas HouseCrazy Year-Round Christmas House, Bronx, NY - 4 mi.
Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto: Healing Tap WaterOur Lady of Lourdes Grotto: Healing Tap Water, Bronx, NY - 4 mi.
In the region:
Eagles and Goat Statue, New York, NY - 12 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New York

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New York.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

New York Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, Illinois (May 27-Jun 2, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights