2023-08 Raynors HCA Live
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Scarce pinback "For President" on the pinback, from which a r/w/b ribbon hangs with gold letter ELIHU ROOT, which ends with gold medal holder centered with an enamel print of a left facing image of Root, 2-1/2" x 4" OA. Fine condition.After the sinking of the U.S. Lusitania on May 7th, 1915, Root wanted the United States to enter the war. It was around this time that Root was pressured to run for president, even though he strongly desired to retire. It demonstrated just how highly he was thought of in Washington when petitions were signed and speeches were made urging him to run, being viewed as the most competent and respected Republican statesman in Washington, despite his old age. The Elihu Root Campaign Commission was established and donations poured in. While Root did not want to run, he said he would go through with the campaign if he was asked to be the nominee. Roosevelt once again considered running, but ultimately both men withdrew their nominations at the convention where Court Justice Charles Evans Hughes was made the Republican candidate instead. Regardless, democrat Woodrow Wilson ultimately won the 1916 presidential election.
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Elihu Root Campaign Piece

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