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J. Campbell Cory
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.
Roosevelt lost the Republican nomination to Taft in the summer of 1912. Roosevelt bolted from his party to join other anti-Taft forces in the Progressive Party. Taft, the sitting president, quickly moved to the sidelines as the real contest became that between TR and Wilson.