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ďA Strenuous Political Spring Is Predicted"

Topic:
The Democratic Nomination
Source:
Judge
Cartoonist:
Victor Gillam
Date:  January 30, 1904
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When the candidacy of Senator Arthur Pue Gorman of Maryland was fatally injured by his opposition to the Panama Canal treaty, some conservative Democrats promoted Grover Cleveland, the former president (1885-1889, 1893-1897) as the best choice for the presidential nomination. Although he had presided over an economic depression during his second administration, Clevelandís political credentials were exactly what the conservative Democrats wanted: he was well-known nationally, could unite Democrats in the urban North and rural South, was pro-business, favored the gold standard and tariff reform, and opposed an expansionist foreign policy and federal protection of voting rights. However, Cleveland preferred remaining in political retirement and actively engaged as a trustee of Princeton University, so he declined to seek a third term.

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