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A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Theodore Roosevelt Campaigns At Home In New York

Theodore Roosevelt grew up in New York City but his family spent many summers in the Oyster Bay area of Long Island. In 1880 then Roosevelt, 22, purchased 155 acres on Cove Neck, a small peninsula roughly 2 miles northeast of Oyster Bay. In 1884 Theodore Roosevelt hired a New York architectural firm to build a 22 room Queen Anne home on the property. Roosevelt moved into the house in 1887 and named it “Sagamore Hill”.

Due to Republican Progressive reforms that wanted to break the control of political parties by bosses, this is the first presidential election where a significant numbers of delegates have been elected in presidential preference primaries. 12 states held Republican primaries and current Republican president William Howard Taft was considered a sure thing. Robert M. La Follette won 2 of the first 4 primaries but after La Follette had a political meltdown, Roosevelt scored a victory in Illinois on April 9th and won 9 of the last 10 presidential primaries carrying Taft’s home state of Ohio.The Republican Party presidential race is now split between current president William Howard Taft and former president Theodore Roosevelt.

On June 3, 1912 Republican presidential hopeful Theodore Roosevelt entertained reporters at his home at Sagamore Hill, New York. His active campaigning promises for a volatile Republican National Convention to be held in Chicago, Illinois June 8 – 22.

Roosevelt entertaining reporters at Sagamore Hill – June 3, 1912


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