Theodore Roosevelt and His Time Shown in His Own Letters - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XXII
FOR PRESIDENT IN 1904--FUTILE OPPOSITION--HIS OWN ATTITUDE

THE Republican State conventions of 1902 had quite generally commended Roosevelt as the party's candidate for the Presidency in 1904, and it became evidently early in 1903 that he was so clearly the first choice of his party that his nomination was a foregone conclusion. Only one very short-lived effort was made to prevent it.

It was while the President was in the Far West in May, 1903, that the first surface indication of this effort, which originated in Wall Street, made its appearance. All the Republican State conventions that had been held had adopted resolutions declaring in favor of his nomination in 1904. The Ohio convention was to meet on June 3, 1903. A week or more before that date two prominent Ohio Republican leaders, Senator Foraker and Congressman Grosvenor, had said in published interviews that the convention would endorse Roosevelt. Senator Hanna, whose relations with New York opponents of Roosevelt were known to be intimate, and who had been spoken of in the press as their candidate for the Presidential nomination, declare in an interview that he was opposed to the endorsement of Roosevelt because the convention of 1903 had no right to assume the responsibilities of the convention of 1904, whose delegates would be chosen for the express purpose of choosing delegates to the National Convention, and that there was no precedent for such action except in the case of a "favorite son." As soon as the interview was published he sent this telegram to President Roosevelt:

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