Button, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

Button, Theodore Roosevelt, 1904

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In 1901, just six months into his term as vice president, Theodore Roosevelt became president due to the assassination of President William McKinley. Roosevelt ran for a full term in 1904 and chose Senator Charles W. Fairbanks of Indiana to be his vice president. Roosevelt’s victory over the Democratic ticket of Alton Parker and Henry Davis was the first time someone who had ascended to the office upon the death of the president won a term in his own right. Socialist candidates Eugene V. Debs and Benjamin Hanford finished a distant third in 1904, Debs’s second attempt to win the White House.
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American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith
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