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1904 Presidential Election of Theodore Roosevelt: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1904, Theodore Roosevelt won the Presidential election over Alton Parker. This guide provides access to materials related to the “1904 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Theodore Roosevelt is named Presidential Candidate at the Republican Convention. June 24, 1904. The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, CA), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Although Teddy Roosevelt easily won the Republican nomination for the 1904 presidential election, an internal party debate prevented his chosen running mate from receiving the Vice Presidential nomination. President Roosevelt then went on to win in a landslide victory. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


June 21, 1904 The Republican National Convention begins in Chicago.
June 23, 1904 Theodore Roosevelt is nominated for the Presidency. Charles Fairbanks is named as his Vice Presidential running mate.
July 6, 1904 The Democratic National Convention begins in St. Louis.
July 9, 1904 Alton B. Parker is chosen as the Democratic nominee.
November 8, 1904 Roosevelt wins the general election.