William Taft Typed Letter Signed Mentioning the Theodore "Roosevelt Controversy of 1912" that cost Taft the Presidential election
Item Number: 11164
27th U.S. President. Typed Letter Signed, 1 page, 8" x 10" , Supreme Court letterhead, March 10, 1927. Letter to a North Carolina judge. In part, "I am going to keep out of the North Carolina Judgeship matter. I am appealed to by Miss Linney on the ground that Linney is the one man of the proposed candidates who was loyal to me during the Roosevelt controversy in 1912". Signed 'Wm. H. Taft'. In excellent condition.
When Republican President William Howard Taft took office in 1909 he did so with the support of his reform-minded predecessor Theodore Roosevelt. At the 1912 Chicago convention, Roosevelt contested for the Republican nomination, but conservative party leaders defiantly renominated Taft. Outraged by the conservatives' heavy-handed tactics, Roosevelt organized the Bull Moose Progressive Party, and became its candidate for president. The split between Roosevelt and Taft allowed the Democratic candidate, Woodrow Wilson, to win the presidency with only about 42 percent of the vote.