Today in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was nominated by the Democratic party for an unprecedented third term as President. Roosevelt was nominated for his record forth term on July 20, 1944.
Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt addressing the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. July 18, 1940
-from the FDR Library
Indeed, no matter how your vote, be sure you vote.
“A Chicken for Every Pot”
This is the advertisement that caused Herbert Hoover’s opponents to state that he had promised voters a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage during the campaign of 1928. Hoover did not actually make the statement; the report was based on this ad.
-from the Hoover Library
Here’s something we’re not used to seeing - Abraham Lincoln without the iconic beard. It’s another presidential campaign medallion, intended to be sewn to a lapel through the hole at the top.
This medallion is from the 1860 presidential election. The front displays a portrait of Lincoln; the back shows vice presidential candidate, Hannibal Hamlin.
Shortly after winning the presidency, Lincoln began to grow his beard.
President Lincoln would approve the 13th Amendment that abolished slavery in the US on this day, February 1, 1865.
Kennedy Kicks off Campaign in New Hampshire
With the upcoming New Hampshire Primary, the Kennedy Library dug up some of JFK’s NH campaign schedules and progress reports from 1960. New Hampshire was JFK’s first stop after launching his presidential campaign – 52 years ago.
See what they found here.
Republican presidential candidates have gathered in the Hawkeye State today for the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. For Jimmy Carter, the 1976 Iowa Caucus propelled his campaign into the national spotlight.
Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter began his presidential bid as an unknown, referred to by the press as “Jimmy Who?” The campaign was organized by amateurs and the Carter family traveled the country speaking at rallies, shopping centers, and factories. Backing them was the “Peanut Brigade,” Georgia volunteers who worked in every caucus and primary.
At the 1976 Iowa Caucus, Jimmy Carter captured national media attention by winning the most votes for a candidate. The victory in Iowa introduced his campaign to a larger audience and made Carter the Democratic party’s leading vote-getter.
Pictured here, Jimmy Carter during a campaign rally, 1976. From the Carter Library.
Good evening. Just moments ago, I spoke with George W. Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd president of the United States - and I promised him that I wouldn’t call him back this time.
I offered to meet with him as soon as possible so that we can start to heal the divisions of the campaign and the contest through which we’ve just passed.
Almost a century and a half ago, Senator Stephen Douglas told Abraham Lincoln, who had just defeated him for the presidency, “Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I’m with you, Mr. President, and God bless you.”
Well, in that same spirit, I say to President-elect Bush that what remains of partisan rancor must now be put aside, and may God bless his stewardship of this country. Neither he nor I anticipated this long and difficult road. Certainly, neither of us wanted it to happen. Yet it came, and now it has ended, resolved, as it must be resolved, through the honored institution of our democracy.
On December 13, 2000, Vice President and Presidential Candidate Al Gore delivered his Concession Speech for the 2000 Presidential Election.
Herbert Hoover on a whistle stop campaign train - In 1932, President Hoover ran for re-election against Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Depression had reached its lowest point with 12 million people unemployed and 18 million on relief. Four years earlier in 1928, Herbert Hoover had won the presidency in an overwhelming landslide.
Usually cast as a President defined by his failure to contain the Great Depression, Hoover’s story is far more complex and more interesting.
Hoover was an activist reformer, albeit one without the political skills needed to sell himself and his programs to Congress and the public. A shy man, he insisted on keeping much of his life and good deeds out of the public eye. Only in politics is this a character flaw, yet it prevented those around Hoover from portraying him as a compassionate leader, or warding off portrayals of him as a cold, uncaring figure responsible for nearly everything that was going wrong in the American economy.