Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: republicans

Wednesday, November 6, 1912

Woodrow Wilson will be our next president, and it looks as though the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives will go from 64 to 100; the Senate will probably go from a Republican majority of seven to a Democratic majority of one. Theodore Roosevelt said, “The American people by a great plurality have decided in favor of Mr. Wilson and the Democratic party. Like all other good citizens I accept the result with entire good humor and contentment.” The progressives did far better than the republicans overall. Governor Wilson said a great many things, but the odd bit that struck me was this: “I got up on a chair so that you could not see the patch upon my head.”

The democratic landslide was felt here as well. Congressman McKinley’s re-election bid was defeated by 800. “Boyd Blain, republican candidate for circuit clerk, alone survives the slaughter.” The unofficial chart of local district votes shows the progressives to be very strong. Roosevelt won in Illinois by over 85,000 votes. A straw vote at my school and and Leal School likewise went badly for Taft, although McKinley did far better.

An intoxicated man fired a shotgun at another man at the polling booth at the Collins store on Hill street. His first shot missed, but his sister managed to disarm him before he could get off another shot.

And to wrap up today’s election journal entry, I feel I must paste in this clothing shop advertisement:

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1912 Election Resources

The Library of Congress has an extensive collection of materials relating to the presidential election of 1912, and its resource guide also provides links to external websites. Listen to sound recordings of Taft, Wilson, and Roosevelt giving campaign speeches. Check out some sheet music from the election. You’ve already made up your mind about the 2012 candidates anyway.

Also I am linking the full text of the Republican campaign text-book (1912) here because I don’t know where else to put it, but I don’t want to lose it.

Thursday, October 31, 1912

Vice-President Sherman has died, but this will not affect the election. In the case of a Taft victory, a vice-president will be chosen by the Republican national committee (most likely).

Here is a strange story. A man in Ohio stole a razor from a barber after having been shaved. The barber struck him a blow with his fist, and the man staggered out to the sidewalk and fell dead. The police found the address of A. J. Woolman, of Urbana, in his pocket; this led them to believe that the dead man was Woolman. The Urbana chief of police received a telegraph to that effect and telephoned Mrs. Woolman to break the news to her, but Mr. Woolman surprised him by answering the phone. The dead fellow is now believed to be John Dillon, formerly of the Twin Cities, but Mr. Woolman never heard of him and can’t explain why Dillon should have been carrying his address.

And finally, a girl is enrolled in engineering at the University. Her name is Dorothea Clayberg, and she has been elected vice-president of the freshman class in the engineering school.

Tuesday, October 29, 1912

Vice-President Sherman lies at the point of death. He has Bright’s disease and a weakened heart. His doctor did not disclose his critical condition until last night. “The secretiveness of the physicians was undoubtedly inspired by a desire to hide the true situation regarding Mr. Sherman’s illness in the closing hours of the campaign, in which he is a candidate for re-election to the second highest office in the land.”

A couple from Fort Wayne, Indiana, eloped by flying 71 miles to Hillsdale, Michigan, and wrecking their aeroplane during the landing. They were married in their hospital beds.

Surgeons in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, removed 102 nails, two keys, a button hook, and a partly digested three-inch iron spike from the stomach and intestines of a man they are calling “the human ostrich.” The man has craved metal since accidentally swallowing some shingle nails ten years ago.

Finally, there is a short article mocking Johns Hopkins university for studying “the blues” as a mental disorder. Whoever wrote the piece (for it is not attributed) says that “the blues” has its origin in the stomach or liver and recommends “a dose of calomel followed by a sane system of eating and living.”

Friday, October 25, 1912

“President Taft will speak on national political issues at the court house in Urbana tonight. His address will be given in conjunction with that of Hon. John J. Brown of Vandalia. The latter will be here in person, but the president will not. His speech will be communicated by means of phonographic records, received today by the local republican committee.” Three colored women, sent by the National Progressive Bureau, will speak and sing at progressive headquarters in Champaign on Saturday night.

A mass meeting of university students will be held in the auditorium tonight to attempt to save football. It has been arranged by students, and every student will be asked to pledge not to riot. “It is believed that the orgie at the Walker opera house, Saturday night, struck the game a death blow and that nothing but an heroic effort will revive it.”

The 1912 Presidential Election

The presidential election of 1912 was significant because it included a viable third party. Professor Sidney Milkis, author of Theodore Roosevelt, the Progressive Party, and the Transformation of American Democracy, joins NPR host Robert Siegel for a discussion on this important centennial. Highlights include recorded snippets of speeches from Taft, Wilson, and Roosevelt. (A transcript is available.)

Presidential Election Of 1912 Saw Viable Third Party (NPR)

A lot of people were beginning to look at the socialist party, which was developing into a very important reform party with a very popular candidate in Debs as the alternative to the Republican Party.

And I’ve argued that had T.R. not, so to speak, preempted the socialist party, short-circuited it and stolen its thunder by proposing a more moderate form of reform, then the socialist party might have gotten many more votes than it did get in 1912.

Thursday, September 12, 1912

A passenger aboard a local interurban car was carrying three sticks of dynamite. The conductor wired for instructions and was told to put the man off the car. The passenger at first refused to leave but finally did so without trouble. (He was a coal miner.)

“One hears the terrible twang indigenous to this country issuing from kissable coral lips, hears maids in the finest raiment speaking with the hoarseness of ravens or with voices as badly managed as those of monkeys,” says the writer of a column on health and beauty hints. She goes on to explain how one may improve the voice.

Women Republicans of Idaho will hold a woman-only convention this week, presenting a full state ticket with women as the candidates. “They are disgusted at the wrangling within party ranks.”