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The Presidency: Theodore Roosevelt & the 1912 Presidential Election

Theodore Roosevelt & Hiram Johnson, Progressive Party (1912)

Theodore Roosevelt & Hiram Johnson, Progressive Party (1912)

Chicago, Illinois
Sunday, January 20, 2013

This is an examination of Theodore Roosevelt's failed run for the White House in 1912.  He had been the 26th President from 1901-09, but chose not to seek another term.  Initially he supported his successor, William Howard Taft.  But after several policy disagreements, Roosevelt ran against Taft as a third party candidate from the Progressive or Bull Moose Party.  The Theodore Roosevelt Association hosted this event.

Updated: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 8:48am (ET)

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