In 1901, vice president Theodore Roosevelt first spoke that the US should “speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair.
– On September 14, 1901, two weeks after he uttered his famous line, he became president when President McKinley was assassinated.
[Information found here: Koutsky, Kathryn Strand and Linda Koutsky. Minnesota State Fair: An Illustrated History. Minneapolis: Coffee House Press, 2007, 162. Photo found here.