The Man Hunt

The Man Hunt

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Harry J. Westerman



Publication Date:

September 1912


The 1912 Presidential election was a three-way contest:

  • William Howard Taft, the incumbent president, represented the Republican Party, symbolized by the Elephant.
  • Woodrow Wilson, the reform governor of New Jersey and former president of Princeton University, was the Democratic candidate, symbolized by the Donkey.
  • Theodore Roosevelt, the former Republican president (1901-1909), ran on the Progressive Party ticket, symbolized by the Bull Moose.

As a third party, Roosevelt and his Progressives had to find supporters within both existing parties. Facing a divided Republican Party, the Democrats smelled victory for the first time in twenty years. Because of these factors, there was an intense effort to get voters during the 1912 campaign.


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