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...
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“Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge." Sheet music from President Calvin Coolidge’s campaign song during his 1924 re-election bid. The caption reads: “The Home Town Coolidge Club Quartette presenting to the President and Mrs. Coolidge the first certificates of membership in the Home Town Coolidge Club of Plymouth, Vermont. The White House, Washington, May 3d, 1924.”
Daniel Webster sought the Whig Party nomination in 1848, but was defeated by Mexican-American War hero Zachary Taylor. Webster declined the subsequent offer of the Vice-Presidency, saying, “No thank you, I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead and in my coffin.” - #history #politics
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Freeport Wide Awakes / Lincoln and Hamlin. The Wide Awakes were groups of young men who supported Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. They marched and rallied in uniform, carrying torches. They also organized as self-appointed political police, poll watching and monitoring over political meetings to ensure order was kept.