General Dwight Eisenhower raises both arms and acknowledges the New York crowd’s cheers. An estimated 4 million people turned out for his V-E (Victory in Europe) parade on June 6, 1945.
The 1860 Republican National Convention took place in the “Wigwam" in Chicago. Delegates would nominate Illinois Representative Abraham Lincoln for President and Hannibal Hamlin of Maine for Vice President.
Photos from Bygone Days in Chicago; Recollections of the “Garden city” of the Sixties by Frederick Francis Cook , digitized through the University of Illinois Library’s participation in the Open Content Alliance
If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for high office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run, I refuse to accept that this great country isn’t raising other wonderful people… We’ve had enough Bushes.
Barbara Bush, on Jeb Bush running for election
I’m certainly not a republican, but Barbara Bush is a sharp woman who raises some good points.(via thestandardprincess)
Laura Clay (in the middle, with the sash) co-founder and first president of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association, marches with members from Kentucky chapters at the Democratic National Convention in St. Louis in 1916
Clay, daughter of abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, was a longtime vocal advocate for the women’s suffrage movement and other women’s rights. Her work helped effect changes related to wages, property rights, education and health care in Kentucky.
But she was opposed to the 19th amendment. Clay was a firm believer in states’ rights and thought voting should be left to individual states to decide. She was all for women voting, as long as they were white women. She (and other southern suffragists) believed that a national voting law might have unintended consequences, like allowing African Americans to vote, which they vehemently opposed, lest white supremacy in the south be challenged.
To add another layer of … let’s just say, “nuance,” to the Laura Clay story: her father, Cassius, the ardent anti-slavery reformer, was bitterly opposed to the women’s rights movement. When he divorced Laura’s mother (after 45 years), inequalities in existing law could allowed him to seize property that had actually been inherited from Laura’s mother’s side of the family, as well as the family home she had maintained during Cassius’ long absences as United States ambassador to Russia. It’s believed that witnessing this contributed to Laura’s passion for women’s rights.
In case you’re wondering: Boxer Muhammed Ali, born Cassius Clay, was named after his father, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Sr., who was named after Laura Clay’s father.
Another important element of the “Corrupt Bargain”: three days after the election, Adams made Clay his Secretary of State.
The “Corrupt Bargain”
The election of 1824 was among the closest in American history. The two frontrunners were Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Tennessee Senator Andrew Jackson. Jackson was hailed as an American hero due to his triumph over the British at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815, but Adams had the support of many northern intellectuals, business owners, and politicians due to his practical economic vision.
Under constitutional law, a candidate for president must win above 50% of the electoral votes to win the presidency. In 1824 this was 131 votes. Jackson took 99, and Adams took 84, with other candidates taking the rest.
With no simple majority the vote went to the House of Representatives, which at the time was dominated by strong political personality and Speaker of the House Henry Clay (pictured at the bottom). Clay, a supporter of John Quincy Adams, was able to rally enough support in the house to get Adams elected, despite the fact that Jackson had won more votes than Adams in the outright election, the first, but not the only time that this happened in American history.
Jackson supporters decried this resolution as a “corrupt bargain” between Clay and Adams, and attacked the Adams administration at every turn over the next four years of illegitimacy, corruption, elitism, and aristocracy.
LBJ worked the Senate cloakroom like Beyonce worked that chair at the Grammies. A commanding figure: big and tall and earthy, with flappy ears and massive hands; huge golden cuff links in the shape of Texas, and trousers specially cut to contain the reproductive equipment that he boastfully called “Jumbo,” and didn’t hesitate to employ outside the marital bed.
Is it true that Terry Sanford from North Carolina voted for JFK's nomination? I had always heard the people of North Carolina sent him to Los Angeles to the Democratic convention to vote for someone else, maybe Johnson.
Many in the North Carolina Democratic Party may have wanted then-gubernatorial nominee Terry Sanford to support fellow southerner Lyndon Johnson, but yes, he did nominate John Kennedy to be the party’s presidential candidate in 1960. In fact, he seconded the nomination at the convention.
Sanford knew it would be controversial. According to Stephen Fletcher at the University of North Carolina Library:
Sanford’s decision was a bombshell, and the reaction in North Carolina was explosive. Sanford made his decision while vacationing in Myrtle Beach after his run-off victory over I. Beverly Lake. When Sanford informed Robert Kennedy of his decision, John Kennedy was thrilled and he wanted Sanford to make one of the nominating speeches at the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Sanford, mindful of that his decision would not be popular with many North Carolinians, was reluctant. “Don’t do me any favors,” Sanford told Robert Kennedy. “He really needs you,” Robert Kennedy told Sanford. At the wishes of the Kennedy campaign, Sanford delayed announcing his decision until the Saturday before the DNC in Los Angeles in order to supply a boost to the Kennedy campaign going into the convention.
From Governors Speak by Jack D. Fleer:
…Terry Sanford tested his party’s tolerance when he endorsed John F. Kennedy for the nomination and supported him in a very close fall election. Sanford went against the dominant position in the region and state’s delegation to the national convention when he abandoned the “favorite son” of the region, Lyndon Johnson, and seconded the nomination of the northeastern liberal Catholic U.S. Senator.
Fifty-four delegates chose Johnson, while only 11 sided with Sanford and voted for Kennedy. Back in North Carolina, Sanford and the other 11 delegates were dubbed the "Dirty Dozen" by critics for their
Hike With Ike: Eisenhower and Nixon Campaign Song
by Jack Gould (c. 1952)
Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music
Crouch Fine Arts Library, Baylor University, Waco, TX
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Robert Kennedy photographed spending his last weekend home with his kids before he hits the campaign trail. Photos by Burt Glinn, 1968.
Presidential fancy lad, William Howard Taft