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Topics in Chronicling America - The Presidential Election of 1912: Wilson vs. Roosevelt vs. Taft

Former President Theodore Roosevelt bolts the Republican Convention and runs as the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party candidate in the election of 1912, dooming the reelection of William Howard Taft. The Republican Party rift sent to the White House Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who became one of the century’s most influential presidents. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • June 18-22, 1912: The Republican National Convention is held in Chicago. William Taft is nominated for a second term, while Theodore Roosevelt indicates he will form a third party to oppose him.
  • July 2, 1912: Woodrow Wilson is chosen as the Democratic nominee.
  • November 5, 1912: Wilson wins the general election, with third-party candidate Roosevelt leading Republican Taft.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] William Taft, Theodore Roosevelt, Progressive Party, Bull Moose Party, 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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