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History - Campaign Trail

James M. Cox / Franklin D. Roosevelt sticker from 1920. Cox lost to Warren Harding in a landslide.

Samuel Tilden won the popular vote over Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, but he was one vote short of the required electoral college majority. A 15-member Electoral Commission, created to determine who would be awarded the remaining electoral votes from the states in dispute, voted along party lines, granting Hayes the win.

During the presidential campaign of 1860, Abraham Lincoln courted the support of German-Americans, who numbered over a million by that time. They opposed slavery, and many were spurred on by the revolution-minded Forty-Eighters, who galvanized support in German communities for the Republican Party.

Weeks before the 1964 presidential election, Walter Jenkins, a longtime aide to President Johnson, was caught by police in a YMCA men’s room in Washington, D.C. having sex with another man. It was a shocking arrest, not least to his wife and six children. Johnson was taken aback as well, saying, “I couldn’t have been more shocked about Walter Jenkins if I’d heard that Lady Bird had tried to kill the Pope.” The story was leaked to the press and Jenkins submitted his resignation to Johnson, bef...

A rallying cry of Students for a Democratic Society, the 1960s “New Left” student activists. The SDS called for social and economic justice, participatory democracy, an end to the draft and a withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. They organized teach-ins, sit-ins and demonstrations, including a march on Washington on April 17, 1965, which drew an estimated 25,000 anti-war protestors.

  • Ronald Burke

    I was in school when the SDS advocating setting trash cans afire in school to draw attention to student unrest---what a bunch of goofballs!