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Nicholas MiraculousThe Amazing Career of the Redoubtable Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler$
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Michael Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231174213

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231174213.001.0001

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“Pick Nick for a Picnic in November”

“Pick Nick for a Picnic in November”

(p.274) Chapter Twelve “Pick Nick for a Picnic in November”
Nicholas Miraculous

Michael Rosenthal

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Nicholas Murray Butler's campaign to win the Republican Party nomination for president in 1920. It is impossible to locate the specific moment when Butler first began to think about the possibility that he might someday be the Republican presidential candidate, but the 1912 election could only have stimulated whatever dormant presidential impulses were already twitching within him. Butler's place on the ticket to receive the Republican electoral votes for vice president after the death of candidate James S. Sherman (and after the election was decided), although purely ceremonial, surely had an impact. By the time Butler officially announced his candidacy, in late December 1919, he had effectively been running a campaign for more than a year anchored on the exhortation to “Pick Nick for a Picnic in November.” At the Republican National Convention in Chicago, there were three initial front-runners: General Leonard Wood, Illinois governor Frank Lowden, and California senator Hiram Johnson. In the end, however, the Republicans nominated Ohio Senator Warren Harding.

Keywords:   presidential candidate, Nicholas Murray Butler, Republican Party, Republican National Convention, Chicago, Leonard Wood, Frank Lowden, Hiram Johnson, Warren Harding

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