ColumbiaMagazine.com
Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  
 
























 
JIM: A political prognostication, 1916

It looked like a Republican year, and that's how the correspondent from Owensby in Russell County saw it in his letter to the Adair County News

By JIM

The presidential election of 1916 was a red-hot affair, with Woodrow Wilson, the incumbent, facing stiff opposition from Republican challenger Charles Hughes, a well known and well respected jurist. Four years earlier, Wilson had won in a cakewalk over then-incumbent William Howard Taft, who finished a distant third (in a four-man race) to Wilson, a Democrat, and Theodore Roosevelt of the breakaway Bull Moose party.

By the fall of 1916, the Bull Moose party for the most part had (perhaps somewhat sheepishly) re-entered the Republican fold, and as election day loomed near, candidate Hughes seemed a shoo-in to be the next resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. So well was Hughes faring, in fact, the News correspondent from Owensby in neighboring Russell County, in a prognostication nearly as wrong as some of those made ninety-six years later, boldly proclaimed thus:
"[I]t appears that the old Elephant and Moose will be running side by side at break neck speed, while the old donkey will be snorting and panting in an effort to keep in sight."
However, when the smoke cleared and the votes were tallied that long ago November, the "old donkey" had crossed the finish line first, amassing enough popular and Electoral College votes to continue occupancy of the White House.



This story was posted on 2014-02-27 10:32:03
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


 

To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

 

























 
 
Quick Links to Popular Features


 

ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/columbiamagazinerss.php.

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401


Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to webmaster@columbiamagazine.com. All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.