Button, Eugene V. Debs

Button, Eugene V. Debs

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Although never elected, Socialist Eugene V. Debs was one of the most successful third-party candidates in history. He ran for president five times with four different vice-presidential candidates. Benjamin Hanford, a printer who had lost earlier elections for mayor of New York City and governor of New York, was twice Debs’s running mate. In 1904, Debs and Hanford came in a distant third behind the winning Republican ticket of President Theodore Roosevelt and Charles W. Fairbanks and the Democratic challengers Alton Parker and Henry Davis. In 1908, they were third again, losing to victorious Republicans William Howard Taft and James Sherman and finishing behind Democrats William Jennings Bryan and John W. Kern.
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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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