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"That’s an awfully nice letter of yours! I will see Judge Moreland as soon as possible. Now, I wish I could see you and go over this situation.
"I do not believe that the Republicans have any intention of nominating me. I only hope they will give us some man who will be the antithesis of Wilson. What a trump General Barry is!" (Thomas Henry Barry—who had earlier been appointed by President Roosevelt as commander of the Army of Cuban Occupation and Pacification and had also served as Superintendent of West Point—was at the time the commander American troops in the Philippines and China.)
Roosevelt's 1912 third-party challenge to his former friend and vice president, William Howard Taft, put Woodrow Wilson in the White House. With the looming prospect of American involvement in the war in Europe as the central issue of the 1916 campaign, the Democrats nominated incumbent Wilson while the Republicans nominated Charles Evans Hughes of New York, then a sitting associate justice on the Supreme Court. Although the Progressive Party—popularly known as the Bull Moose party—nominated him again, Roosevelt, his disdain for Wilson even greater than before, and all too aware of the consequences of another split Republican vote, withdrew his candidacy and threw his support behind Hughes.
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