Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Day 88, April 24

Though he remained unpopular with Washington's lawmakers, Coolidge proved immensely popular with voters.

The Progressive Party, in 1924, ran on a platform of government ownership of public power and a return to government ownership of railroads.  Many feared the Progressive Party might split the Repulbican vote, as it had in 1912, giving the presidency to the Democrats.

Robert LaFollette, the Progressive candidate, claimed more than 16 percent of the vote.  Still, Coolidge won with an absolute majority, gaining more votes than the Democrat and Progessive candidates combined.

In 1928, when Coolidge decided not to run for reelection, despite the urging of party leaders, Herbert Hoover successfully ran on a pledge to continue Coolidge's policies.  Unfortnately, Hoover did not live up to his promise. 

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