Today, Teddy Roosevelt is known as a trust-buster…but he used to have a reputation as a politician on the take. We explore accusations of corruption in the 1904 presidential election, and how it lead to some of the first efforts for campaign finance reform over a century ago, on our latest episode.
"Four-year-old Mary Ann Bauer refuses to take sides in the election battle being waged by her parents, John and Mary, at their North Philadelphia home." - Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, November 1, 1960
"The safest guardians of Liberty’s flag - the Public Schools - welcoming President McKinley, El Paso, Texas."
President William McKinley visited El Paso, Texas in 1901. The crowd holds signs saying: “400,000 teachers and 15,000,000 pupils are a pillar of strength to our government.” Wm. McKinley. El Paso believes it!”
Aww, it’s First Lady Betty Ford and President Gerald Ford on the re-election campaign trail in Tampa, Florida, in 1976.
I know it’s been 149 years, but it is too soon for Abe Lincoln to be advertising theater popcorn.
From the 1890s, Warren Harding, future President and noted penis-nicknamer, was a popular speaker on the “Circuit Chautauqua,” a traveling series of lectures, musical numbers and other performances. Harding often discussed one of his heroes, founding father Alexander Hamilton. This 1904 brochure, including a bio of Harding (at that time, Lieutenant Governor of Ohio) and newspaper comments praising his speaking performances, was created in in promotion of an upcoming Hamilton lecture.