Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: Wilson

Wednesday, November 13, 1912

Am I the only one who finds typographical errors amusing? I was amazed to see that in this Kaufman & Company advertisement, they managed to spell “chrysanthemums” correctly but failed utterly at “Illinoisans,” “Champaign’s,” and “loyalty.” I don’t even know what to say about “There are FREE.”

A man in Benton, Illinois, purchased a revolver and vowed to kill all the “Bull Moosers” with whom he came in contact. First he entered a grocery store, but the weapon failed to discharge, and he was arrested and later adjudged insane and taken to the asylum.

In New York, the notorious suffragist Maud Malone was found guilty of wilfully disturbing a public meeting. When Woodrow Wilson spoke in the Brooklyn academy of Music on October 20, Miss Malone insisted on knowing his views on woman suffrage. “Since Mr. Wilson has never committed himself on that subject he evaded her question. Miss Malone insisted, and was arrested.”


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:

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.

Aunt Jemima at the White House

This alarming ad appeared in the Urbana Courier-Herald on October 15, 1912.

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.

Friday, September 27, 1912

An Urbana man was injured slightly when he exited a street car. “Thinking that the car would stop, Mr. McLean jumped off while it was in motion. He fell heavily, painfully abrasing one knee and suffering a severe jolting. His trousers were torn, a fact lamented because he was on his way to a social gathering given by his daughter.”

Hundreds of farmers, despite searching all night using bloodhounds specially brought in via automobile, failed to locate the fiend who threw carbolic acid in Mrs. Jenks’s face north of Danville. She will be disfigured for life.

Governor Wilson called upon President Taft in Boston, and they had a pleasant five-minute meeting. Considering all the vitriol one reads from their respective parties, it is good to hear that the two candidates respect one another.

Thursday, September 26, 1912

An article called “JEFFERSONIANS SURPRISE THEMSELVES BY BIG TURNOUT” tells how the city council room was crowded for the meeting of democrats last night, prompting a “Bull Mooser” to “jealously remark that he did not know there were so many democrats in the world.” The headquarters will probably be either the rooms over Plummer Grubbs’ pool room or those over B. F. Stevenson’s grocery.

North of Danville there is a small town called Milford, where a masked bandit jumped out from behind a hedge and ordered Mrs. Jacob Jenks, the wife of a prominent farmer, to throw up her hands. When she did, the man threw carbolic acid in her face and robbed her. “Bloodhounds are being rushed in automobiles to the scene.”

Governor Woodrow Wilson buys his socks in Scotland, and so one should not vote for him, says an editorial reprinted from the Trenton Gazette. “His apparent indifference to the condition of American laborers may be due to his ability to get along without being obliged to eat bread in the sweat of his brow.”