1912 Presidential Election of Woodrow Wilson: Topics in Chronicling America
In 1912, a rift in the Republican Party paved the way for the election of Woodrow Wilson. This guide provides access to materials related to “1912 Presidential Election” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Former President Theodore Roosevelt bolts the Republican Convention and runs as the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party candidate in the election of 1912, dooming the reelection of William Howard Taft. The Republican Party rift sent to the White House Democrat Woodrow Wilson, who became one of the century’s most influential presidents. Read more about it!
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June 18-22, 1912
William Taft is nominated for a second term at the Republican National Convention; Theodore Roosevelt to form a third party to oppose him.
July 2, 1912
Woodrow Wilson is chosen as the Democratic nominee.
November 5, 1912
Wilson wins the general election, with third-party candidate Roosevelt leading Republican Taft.