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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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“Kid” Butler, the Columbia Catamount, vs. “Wild Bill” Borah, the Boise Bearcat

“Kid” Butler, the Columbia Catamount, vs. “Wild Bill” Borah, the Boise Bearcat

(p.297) Chapter Thirteen “Kid” Butler, the Columbia Catamount, vs. “Wild Bill” Borah, the Boise Bearcat
Nicholas Miraculous

Michael Rosenthal

Columbia University Press

This chapter focuses on Nicholas Murray Butler's views on various political issues in the United States. After losing the Republican Party nomination for president to Warren Harding in 1920, Butler returned from Chicago determined to establish a close relationship with Harding. He immediately placed himself at the candidate's disposal, assuring him that “my time and strength are at your service throughout the campaign.” Harding won the 1921 presidential election in a landslide over Democratic candidate James Cox. Butler was delighted at the prospect of influencing Harding on questions of foreign policy. This chapter also examines Butler's trip to Europe, highlighted by an invitation from British Prime Minister Lloyd George to spend time with the dominion premiers; his participation in the debate over American participation in the League of Nations; his frustration with the Republican leadership; his stand on the Eighteenth Amendment of the Constitution; his leadership in the fight against Prohibition; and how his relationship with the Republicans turned hostile.

Keywords:   foreign policy, Nicholas Murray Butler, Warren Harding, Europe, Lloyd George, League of Nations, Republican Party, Eighteenth Amendment, Constitution, Prohibition

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