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After the Democratic nominating convention of 1960, where Humphrey backed losing candidate Adlai Stevenson against John F. Kennedy, Humphrey returned to his duties in...

Almost President – Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Part 3

After Hubert Humphrey’s disastrous start in the Senate, he found himself isolated and ostracized by the senior senators. In typical Humphrey fashion, he began...

Almost President – Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Part 2

In 1948, Humphrey became his party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate. He was running against incumbent Senator Joseph Ball, a strongly anti-labor politician who...

Almost President – Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Part 1

Hubert Horatio Humphrey made public service his life, servicing his community and his country from 1940 until his death from cancer in 1978, with...

A Tale of Two Tickets

Since the ratification of the 12th Amendment to the Constitution (which said that each party would nominate separate candidates for President and Vice President...

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With few exceptions (such as Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Richard Nixon), Presidents have been born east of the Mississippi River. Others (such as...

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There have been a large number of “third parties” in our political history. A third party is any party other than one of the...

Inaugural Absences

Everyone is familiar with the pomp and ceremony of a presidential inauguration. The procedures and traditions involved are well known. One of the seemingly...

Thanks, But No Thanks – Silas Wright

Silas Wright turned down more major offices than most politicians win in a lifetime of election campaigns. Before his career ended with his premature...

The Washington Administration – It’s the Economy, Stupid

George Washington had one of the most eventful administrations of any president, largely due to the fact that he was the first. Washington had...
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