In November of 1902, the 26th President of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt had an encounter with a Mississippi bear that became the subject of several political cartoons of the day. These cartoons often featured President Roosevelt with a cute bear cub and the words “Spare the Bear”, alluding to the act of mercy that inspired the cartoons.

President Roosevelt’s Teddy Bear sparked toymaker Morris Mitchtom to craft a cuddly plush bear toy which he displayed in his Brooklyn shop along with the original cartoon and a sign naming the bear as “Teddy’s Bear”… a name that stuck!

Teddy Bears soon became a hot trend in American culture, beloved by children and adults alike. President Roosevelt embraced his association with the huggable Teddy Bears, using them as a political mascot in his campaign for re-election.

Serious Teddy Bears

The Serious Teddy Bear Company tradition of world-class teddy bear quality has its roots in our passion for helping people connect with their loved ones. “Hugs” the Bear is the Serious Teddy Bear Company’s signature teddy bear, hand-picked to deliver heartfelt teddy bear hugs and personalized messages of warmth to the people special to you. Read more about our history and dedication to customer experience in our About Us Section.