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Topics in Chronicling America - The Presidential Election of 1908: Taft vs. Bryan

Despite widespread popular support for Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt decides not to seek a third term and instead encourages the Republican Party to nominate his Secretary of War and friend, William H. Taft. Taft goes on to face off against the familiar Democrat William Jennings Bryan in Bryan’s third and final attempt to win the presidency. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • June 16-19, 1908: The Republican National Convention, held in Chicago, nominates William Howard Taft.
  • July 7-10, 1908: The Democratic National Convention held in Denver, nominates William Jennings Bryan.
  • November 3, 1908: Taft defeats Bryan in the general election.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] William Taft, James Sherman, Theodore Roosevelt, William Jennings Bryan, Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention.
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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