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1908 Presidential Election of William Taft: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1908, William Taft won the Presidential election over William Jennings Bryan. This guide provides access to materials related to “1908 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


"William H. Taft is elected President of the United States." November 4, 1908. Daily Arizona Silver Belt (Globe, AZ), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Despite widespread popular support for Theodore Roosevelt, Roosevelt decides not to seek a third term and instead encourages the Republican Party to nominate his Secretary of War and friend, William H. Taft. Taft goes on to face off against the familiar Democrat William Jennings Bryan in Bryan’s third and final attempt to win the presidency. 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 16-19, 1908 The Republican National Convention, held in Chicago, nominates William Howard Taft.
July 7-10, 1908 The Democratic National Convention held in Denver, nominates William Jennings Bryan.
November 3, 1908 Taft defeats Bryan in the general election.