The Election Results


 “The Good Doctor”
  Cartoonist:  Louis Dalrymple
  Source:  Puck
  Date:  January 16, 1901

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Complete HarpWeek Explanation:
During the election of 1900, the Democratic Puck had first endorsed Richard Olney for the party’s presidential nomination and then opposed the election of the convention’s choice, William Jennings Bryan. In the wake of Bryan’s second loss to Republican William McKinley, cartoonist Louis Dalrymple suggests that the cure for the ailing Democratic Party is to return to the “First Principles” articulated by former president Grover Cleveland: an economic policy based on the gold standard and tariff reform, and a foreign policy cautious of territorial expansion but firmly upholding the Monroe Doctrine. Although both Cleveland and Olney declined to seek the presidency in 1904, the party’s conservative wing did secure the nomination of Alton B. Parker, a state judge from New York. When President Theodore Roosevelt (who had succeeded the assassinated McKinley in 1901) defeated Parker by a landslide, Bryan and the progressive wing regained control of the party.













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