August 7, 1912: Theodore Roosevelt nominated as Bull Moose candidate
On this day in 1912, two-term President Theodore Roosevelt was re-nominated for the presidency by the Progressive Party (also known as the Bull Moose Party), a group of Republicans who disliked their own party’s nominee, William Howard Taft. Roosevelt’s platform was based on increased welfare and fair business competition.
In the fall election, however, Roosevelt was defeated by Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson, who benefited from the divided Republican Party.
Explore Teddy Roosevelt’s early political career with this preview video from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.
Photo: Theodore Roosevelt campaigns for the Progressive Party. (Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.)